Maserati is famed for low, long and sleek coupés and saloons, so the creation of a taller Maserati SUV takes the marque’s design language into new territory. The design team has (no pun intended) risen to the challenge; the Levante’s profile is streamlined, with a coupé-like tapered back window and traditional Maserati signatures like the triple vents on the front wings, trapezoidal C-pillar and distinctive Saetta lightning-bolt logo.
At the front there’s the familiar Maserati face; two narrow, frowning headlamps tapering towards an assertive grille with vertical bars and central Maserati trident. This ensures the rear-view mirror message is loud and clear for any lesser vehicles dawdling ahead in the overtaking lane.
Inside you’ll find traditional Maserati craftsmanship and comfort all the way. Driver and passengers are cosseted in premium leather, with a choice of fine wood veneers, the option of contrast stitching and a top-of-the-range Zegna silk version for the ultimate in luxury. The rear seat splits asymmetrically for carrying long loads.
Technology is all you could ask; there’s an 8.4" Maserati Touch Control screen for navigation, information and entertainment, while all the controls fall easily to hand. Options include concert-hall standard audio from Harman Kardon or Bowers & Wilkins.