Maserati can throw a party! There are “Levante” special events going on all over the world. Auto Mentality has been invited to a few. An upcoming one is at a swanky downtown DC location, which our staff is really looking forward too (and not just because of the drinks and hors d’oeuvres). Those are pretty great, though.
We also received an email from Criswell Maserati, giving us a chance to upstage the swanky event with some “Levante time” up close. Since this author has the thought that a GT MC shall be in his garage sometime in the future, and Criswell has a huge inventory, it was a good opportunity to have a look at both.
First impression of the Levante? Exterior looks smaller than I thought. Also, beautiful!
The original Maserati Levante press release pics really didn’t do it justice. In fact, I don’t think our quick snaps do either. One look at the Levante in person, and you forget about all other SUVs. I, for one, have been anxiously awaiting testing the new Jag. Those thoughts completely left my mind as I first glimpsed the Levante. Several years ago I saw Charlize Theron walk through a crowd in the House Of Blues music hall. I noticed her, because she looked a whole lot closer to perfection (hair, makeup, clothes, etc) than everyone else in the place. Seeing the Levante amongst other SUVs is a lot like that.
The interior is classic Maserati, though I would argue a little more understated than the Quattroporte and the GT. More Ghibli, with more room. The back seats are comfortable, the front seats are great. Visibility is good, and materials are really good. Size and room wise? It is close to the Porsche Cayenne. Which is good for Maserati, because they’ll duel in price point for roughly the same clientele. The Maserati interior is a bit more “clean” than the Porsche. Not nearly as many buttons.
Unfortunately, this was a “look but don’t drive” event. That comes later this year. And, we can’t wait. Until then…drool over the pictures below….
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