Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2017 Maserati Levante made its American debut in New York with specifics on powertrains, packaging and pricing for this market. Built in Mirafiori, Italy, the automaker’s first-ever SUV is slated to roll into showrooms in late summer with two trim levels: The Maserati Levante, which will open at $72,000 and the plusher, more-potent Maserati Levante S that starts at $83,000. Order books for both open next month and destination fees -- which have not yet been released – are expected to bump pricing by $1,800-$2,000.

Twin-Turbo V6 with 345 or 424 horsepower

Based on a modified Ghibli platform, the new Levante gets its motivation from a Ferrari-built 3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 that cranks out 345 horsepower in base form and 424 horses in S-spec thanks to freer-flowing intake/exhaust plumbing and some software tweaks. Both are backed by a paddle-shift/4-mode ZF 8-speed automatic transmissions incorporating start/stop technology. Power is fed to all four corners via Maserati’s “Q4” intelligent AWD system. Maserati says the standard Levante will sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds and hit of 156 mph while the Levante S needs just 5.0 ticks to hit that mark on its way to a top end of 164 mph.

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To best contend with all types of driving demands, the Levante’s sophisticated air suspension features Skyhook adaptive dampers and offers five dynamic ride-height levels plus a “park” position. “The Maserati of SUVs” also boasts the lowest center of gravity in its class, 50/50 weight distribution, Hill Descent Control and a mechanical locking rear differential, attributes that should ensure the Levante more than holds its own against rivals like the Jaguar F-Pace, Range-Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne.

Functional luxury with Italian flair

Inside, new Levante features a long list of upscale standard features including leather upholstery, an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Navigation, a Bose premium audio system, dual-zone climate system, keyless start/entry, cruise control, a power rear liftgate that eases access to its 19.4 cu-ft cargo bay and cabin-quieting acoustic windshield/side glass. In addition to Luxury and Sport Packages that offer additional distinctive features and trim elements, Levante buyers can opt for a Zegna Luxury Package that combines premium Italian leather with bespoke silk from Ermenegildo Zegna. 

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