2016 Maserati Levante Review

Diesel SUVs are what we’ve come to expect from brands like Toyota andNissan – and sure, there are those European models from Audi, BMW,Mercedes and Land Rover, too.

But this is a very different diesel SUV – this is the 2016 Maserati Levante, an all-new luxury high-rider from the brand better known for its iconic Italian-made sports cars. Why does Maserati need an SUV? Because buyers want it: sales are booming, with about 50 per cent of all luxury vehicle sales worldwide being SUVs.

The Levante model we have is the only one that will be offered in Australia at launch from early 2017, and as you may have guessed, it’s powered by a turbo-diesel engine. While the US market will get the option of two turbocharged petrol engines (both V6s), Australia will miss out on both of those. Let’s hope that if a V8 version – in petrol or diesel! – launches, we’re on the list for it…

The 3.0-litre V6 powerplant produces 202kW of power and 600Nm of torque, which is clearly decent for a vehicle of this type. But with a price tag of $150,000 expected, there are rivals with V8 turbo diesels – such as the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport – for close to that money. Read more...

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15 Feb 2017

By Matt Campbell