The petrol-powered Maserati Levante S comes in either GranSport or GranLusso trims, and is powered by a 430hp/580Nm 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 engine manufactured by Ferrari in Maranello, mated to a eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
Enhancements in the 2019 updated Levante S include a redesigned gearshift lever with shorter travel and improved operation.
With the new gearshift lever, the driving modes cluster on the center console is even more user-friendly.
The M button has been eliminated and the Off-Road mode button has taken its place leaving space for two separate buttons – instead of one – for the selection of the Sport driving mode and the Skyhook suspension sport setting.
The selectable modes are Off-Road, I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency) and Sport.
Via the infotainment system, the button that deactivates the Start-Stop function can now be dragged and dropped on the main screen so you can access it in every menu.
The electric panorama sunroof with tilt and slide functionality comes as standard for the 2019 updated Levante S in Malaysia.
For the Malaysian market, the Levante S features 21-inch Helios wheels and a High Glass Metal Weave interior trim.
SM Nasarudin Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, group executive chairman of Naza Corp Holdings Sdn Bhd said, “Following Maserati’s entry into the SUV segment, the Levante has exceeded expectations and continues to be a leader in its class. Naza Italia is delighted to offer our discerning customers the latest evolution of the Levante, which sports a number of attractive enhancements. Whether customers opt for the luxury-oriented GranLusso trim or the sport-oriented GranSport trim, the Levante S promises them a first-class environment.”
The luxury SUV has an Auto Start-Stop function, and the V6 engine’s specific torque of 194Nm per litre is the best in the luxury SUV class, as is its specific power (144hp/l).
The Levante S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 264 km/h.
The GranSport trim has new front and rear bumpers that were inspired by the Levante GTS and Trofeo.
Alongside the sportier bumpers, the GranSport exterior is also discernible for the front and rear Black Piano inserts, the GranSport badges on the front fenders, the red brake calipers and the 21-inch Helios wheels.
Meanwhile, the characteristic features of the luxury-oriented GranLusso trim are elegant chrome inserts in the front fascia, chrome front/rear skid plates, body colour rear spoiler, silver-painted brake calipers, 21-inch Helios alloy wheels and GranLusso badges on the fenders.
The GranLusso trim also offers the choice of full premium Italian leather, Pieno Fiore natural leather or Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery.
It includes standard 12-way power comfort front seats with memory function, Bowers and Wilkins Surround Sound System, power-adjustable steering wheel and pedals, illuminated doorsills, parking sensors, navigation system and Soft Close Doors system.
A total of 11 colours are offered for the V6 Levante, including a brand-new tri-coat colour, the Blu Nobile with sparkling glass flakes glimmering under the sunlight.
The matt grey-by-default calipers on the baseline Levante V6 versions are painted silver on the GranLusso.
The Levante GranSport is standard fitted with red painted calipers.
The recently introduced Nerissimo package, has also been updated for the 2019 Levante.
It is now available in eight specific body colours – seven of which are brand new – combining black elements (front grille, skid plates, daylight openings and door mirrors) with dark tail lights and exhaust tips.
Details such as the grille upper bezel trim, the rear trunk accent, the side air vents, the Trident on grille and all Maserati badges and logos are finished in Black Chrome.
The updated 2019 Nerissimo package has also adopted body-colour door handles and lower moldings and new 21-inch wheels with dark finish.
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