Maserati updates 2019 Levante with new styling and kit

By THOMAS HUONG | 1 August 2018

The Levante is Maserati's most important car nowadays, accounting for just over half of the Italian luxury sports marque's global sales in 2017 and driving annual deliveries to record highs since the SUV (sport utility vehicle) was launched in 2016.

It is Maserati's first and only SUV, and with intense competition in the luxury sports SUV segment, it's no surprise that only two years after its launch, the Levante gets some driving assistance, styling and trim updates for model year 2019 to improve its appeal to deep-pocketed buyers.

These updates include the standard Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC), which is already available on the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans.

Rather than simply correcting vehicle instability, the IVC function helps prevent it, thus providing enhanced active safety and improved driving dynamics.

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Another update is a redesigned gearshift lever, also found in the monstrous V8 engined Levante Trofeo - the fastest Levante ever, which features a more intuitive shift pattern and shorter travel.


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The redesigned gearshift lever gives the driver the option to use the eight-speed ZF gearbox in automatic or manual mode by shifting the lever from right to left, and while a new P button conveniently puts the car in parking mode.

This redesigned gearshift lever is now also found in the all 2019 Ghibli and Quattroporte variants.

Meanwhile, the MTC+ infotainment system on the Levante, Ghibli and Quattroporte gets updated display graphics and improved climate control system ergonomics.

The MTC+ infotainment system uses a high resolution 8.4-inch multi-touch screen and a double rotary knob on the centre console.

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For the first time, Maserati is offering as an option, the full-grain Pieno Fiore leather, which is said to be incomparable to any other material in the automotive industry for its natural and soft feel.

The Pieno Fiore leather is standard in the Levante Trofeo and available as an option in all Levante, Ghibli and Quattroporte versions in three colours (black, red and tan).

Adaptive Full LED Matrix headlights are also optional on the 2019 Levante range while two new exterior colours, the iconic Rosso Potente and the deep dark Blu Nobile, are now available.

Compared to bi-xenon headlamps, LED technology offers 20% better visibility, 32% cooler light and headlights with double life expectancy.

Also, Adaptive full LED Matrix headlights with Glare Free technology provide longer-lasting, more natural light with substantially improved visibility compared to bi-xenon headlights.

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There's a restyled GranSport badged exterior (also seen on the new V8 engined versions) for the Levante, with an elegant, sport-oriented re-styling that is focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper.

The side air intakes in the lower fascia feature a more aggressive design while the side bezel blades and the splitter help to improve the airflow distribution.

The rear end also looks wider and more muscular with a sharper horizontal element and lower extractor that embrace the exhaust tips.

The GranSport badged Levante and the new V8 versions are also standard fitted with red painted calipers.

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