Showcased at the Balocco Proving Ground in Piedmont, Maserati's head of product development was behind the wheel of the new Levante and his driving was anything but tame.
Before putting the off-road capable SUV through its paces through the course, Roberto Corradi wanted to let us know that their original goal for the project was to create a car that was both 100% Maserati and 100% SUV. Keeping the brand DNA intact while stepping into a new segment is a challenge for everyone involved; engineers, designers, etc. But, it seems like Corradi’s team has succeeded in reaching their goal.
The test starts off on asphalt with quick acceleration from a complete stop. Now, any SUV can speed down a track but not all of them can be pushed hard into those turns like the Levante. In fact it was pushed so hard that two wheels were lifted off the ground when Corradi turned a corner at high speeds. From the interior camera, that landing after 2-wheeling looks deceptively soft, probably due to the standard air suspension that can easily absorb bumps and ridges in the road.
Going off-road doesn’t seem to be a challenge either as the Levante was able to easily handle the steep inclines, gravely roads, water, deep holes, and even an obstacle where the SUV has its two right wheels on a ramp.
A truly capable SUV that is priced at £54,335 ($71,545) for the base V6 diesel model and the price can go up to £60,285 ($79,251) if you add in the Luxury and Sport packages.