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2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo debuts in New York with output of 590hp from V8 engine

Maserati recently unveiled the most powerful version of the Levante SUV to the public. The Levante Trofeo’s debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show was celebrated for its massive V8 engine, which they claim has the highest output per liter of any Maserati powerplant ever made.

The automaker refers to a 3.8 liter biturbo motor that generates 590 horsepower (440 kilowatts) at 6,250 rpm and 538 pound feet (730 Newton metres) of peak torque between 2,250 and 5,000 rpm. This is equivalent to 156 horsepower / 116 kilowatts per liter. The engine, which was built by Ferrari in Maranello, makes sure that the Italian SUV can accelerate from zero to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in only 3.9 seconds. It can then carry on with a top speed of over 186 miles per hour (300 kilometers per hour).

It is not just the new engine that this high performance SUV can boast about. It also gets a specially tuned sports suspension that is said to provide driving experience with no compromise in terms of comfort. This is all thanks to its perfect 50:50 weight balance and its low center of gravity.

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Maserati Levante SUV will get a hybrid version with Chrysler Pacifica tech

In today’s world, hybrid, plug-ins and EVs are not only trendy as they’re also highly vital. Due to the demand of the market, automakers are forced to adapt to the new norm, turning their cars into electric vehicles. In fact, even hypercars nowadays are becoming a hybrid, just like the Porsche Panamera in Turbo S E-Hybrid. However, some automakers such as Fiat Chrysler are a little behind in this department, which means that they have got to step up their game.

Having said that, there have been a lot of firsts for Maserati lately, from their very first SUV that is the Levante, and now they are going to make use of hybrid technology for that same model, featuring a charging port. Since this is going to be the company’s very first hybrid car, you might be wondering where they got the technology from. To answer your question, it’s Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, another member of the FCA Group, that will lend its PHEV technology to the Italian SUV.

Maserati’s estimate indicates that less than 10 percent of their SUV market will probably choose the eco-friendly version. Therefore, it is impractical for them to develop and build the technology from scratch, which is why they decided to just work with Chrysler Pacifica’s technology, to save them time and money. Instead of going through all the work, Maserati just needs to adapt Pacifica’s hardware to the new application.

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Novitec lends more style and power to Maserati Levante SUV

There exists an extraordinary breed of Maseratis coming from Novitec but they haven’t done this yet on an SUV. With Maserati Levante becoming a hot item for auto tuners most especially in Europe, the German auto tuner apparently is heading in this new direction.

At last, Novitec is now offering upgrades for the Italian crossover to make it mightier and even more good-looking than ever.

For starters, let’s just say the tuned Levante will get a dose of carbon fiber treatment, enormous set of wheels and boosted engine performance. Maybe this is how it goes if the Italian SUV is peppered with German DNA.

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The Wildest Modified Vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Just when you think that nothing could surprise you anymore when it comes to wild cars, a few more cars come along to astonish you. These versions seen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show were built by either the carmakers themselves or by specialty tuners.

At this time of the year, we all expect to see the most stunning recreations of cars gathered at the Convention Palexpo, where the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is currently being held.

Carmakers and tuners have spent quite a good deal of time and effort to make these cars quite different from their original versions.

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With reports indicating that Maserati will end production of its GranTurismo and GranCabrio models at manufacturing facilities in Modena, Italy, this 2017, this might be the last year we could see these sports cars rolling off from the carmaker’s production lines.

Now, it seems Maserati won’t allow the GranTurismo and GranCabrio to go out without a bang, as the Italian luxury car maker has taken the wraps off the special editions of these sporty models at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

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The 2017 Geneva Motor Show has recently opened its doors with the most spectacular display of different automotive brands from around the world. Tugging along a wide array of upgrades, Mansory steps on stage with an extra powerful, wide-bodied Maserati Levante clad in orange-tinted carbon fiber.

There, sitting at the exhibit stand is the German luxury car tuner’s eye-popping Italian crossover. The more aggressive styling and added performance is courtesy of Mansory’s new exhaust system, better air filter design and newly upgraded engine management software.

As a result, the Maserati Levante receives an additional 34 hp (25kW) which gains a total of 458 horsepower (342 kilowatts) from its 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 engine.

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STARTECH revealed that it has come up with styling program for the Maserati Levante. Owned by BRABUS, STARTECH is an aftermarket tuning company and under this program, it has made some interesting modifications to Maserati’s all-wheel drive unit, which was mainly designed to be driven on the road.

Changes include both bumpers, in the front and the rear, having new attachments that were made using the highly advanced CAD technology. With many of the company’s components utilizing the same mounting technology, it made it possible to replace the bumpers’ lower sections with parts that are easy to install.

On the front section, the addition of a spoiler helps the Levante have a more unique profile. Then there is the wing profile that has been integrated to it. While this does help with the overall look, this component also enhances the aerodynamics.

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The SUV game in the auto world has been here for a while. With the demand for SUVs or crossover still growing strong, it was not surprising that carmakers were very quick to jump into the game. However, there were a couple of latecomers, one of which is Italian luxury vehicle maker Maserati.

In January this year, Maserati unveiled its fighter in the SUV segment at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show – the 2017 Maserati Levante. When the Levante SUV started arriving at dealerships around the world in the fall, it made a big splash.

In fact, the Levante was one of the main factors why the carmaker’s sales for year to date jumped by 21 percent. In addition, Maserati posted a 65-percent year-on-year surge in sales for the month of November. The Italian carmaker is also on track to achieve its annual sales target of 40,000 vehicles this year – something that is very far off from the 6,000 units sold in 2013. It seems that Maserati’s strategy to focus on SUVs and saloons was hitting the right sweet spot. After all, the Levante SUV is considered as the last missing piece for Maserati’s aim to sell around 75,000 vehicles in 2018.

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The 2017 Maserati Levante crossover had its North American debut at 2016 New York Auto Show and will be arriving at dealerships in the United States in fall 2016. Starting prices for the base 345-hp base Levante and the 424-hp Levante S model will be $72,000 and $83,000, respectively.

Prices exclude delivery charges. While Maserati will commence Levante production for North America at its Mirafiori site in Turin on July 1, dealers could start taking orders in April. To accommodate the sales of the Levante in the US as well as to increase its North American volume, Maserati is planning to expand its retail network in the region from 116 dealers to 130 retailers by the end of the year.

Maserati chief Harald Wester earlier remarked that the brand's sales growth in North America would surge to 20,000 units once the Levante touches down in the US. Notably, Maserati sold around 12,000 vehicles in North America in 2015. The new Levante is considered a vital piece of Maserati's effort to increase its sales in the next two years by reviving otherwise dipping demand in the US and China.

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Maserati has finally unwrapped its new Levante SUV -- its latest offering that completes its current range of saloon and sports cars. The imposing front end of the new Maserati Levante features new tapered headlights divided into two elements: upper and lower units.

The upper headlight unit is linked to the Levante's radiator grille. Meanwhile, the rear of new Maserati SUV features a tapered back window and streamlined shape that are typical of a high-performance sports car.

On the other hand, the sides of the new Levante carries the brand's vaunted design signature, like the three iconic air vents on the front wings, the large frameless door windows, and the trapezoidal C-pillar with the “Saetta” logo.

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Unconfirmed reports say that a production-ready version of the Levante SUV from Maserati will be launched at this January’s Detroit auto show and that production will begin shortly after in March. With this Levante, Maserati will have a competitive entry in this quickly expanding segment for luxury crossovers, which include the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport as well as upcoming models from Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Aston Martin.

Sources said that this crossover from Maserati will be available as a five-seater everyday car that’s highly practical but also very luxurious. The automaker has yet to confirm these reports. This SUV is a major part of a plan by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne to increase Maserati sales to 75,000 units in 2018 from 36,500 units in 2014.

Maserati considers the U.S. as its largest market, having sold 12,943 units there in 2014. The automaker is planning to roll out 25,000 units annually of the Levante model at its Miafiori plant in Italy. According to reports, the Levante has a starting price of around 90,000 euros, with the most expensive variant being priced at almost 200,000 euros.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning to commence production of bodies for the new Maserati Levante at its Mirafiori site in Italy in 2015, said chief executive Sergio Marchionne. The revival of the luxury brand as well as the relaunch of the Alfa Romeo marque is vital part of Fiat's efforts to turn around to profitability in Europe by 2016.

In 2013, Maserati tripled its trading profit and more than doubled its deliveries to 15,400 vehicles.  That is still a long ride for a target of 50,000 Maserati sales by 2015 and also not enough on its own to transform Fiat's bottom line. Analysts, however, that Maserati's hiked profit means good news for the revival of the Alfa Romeo brand.

"We are getting Mirafiori ready for production (of the Maserati SUV). The first bodies are expected for 2015," Marchionne remarked on the sidelines of the Geneva auto show. Fiat originally planned to build the Levante in Detroit, but Marchionne said in 2013 that it would produce the Maseratis and Alfa SUVs in Italy.

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The new Maserati Levante SUV will be built in Turin and production will start by the end of next year. According to the latest reports from Automotive News, the new Italian SUV will be built in Europe in order to end losses in the region. An investment will also be made and Fiat will spend less than 1 billion euros at Mirafiori plant.

The investment will start immediately at the factory in exchange for layoffs. Regarding the Levante SUV, this will be inspired by the Kubang Concept that was shown back in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and represents an important step in boost Maserati sales to 50,000 units in 2015.

Moreover, Maserati will use the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, while under the hood there will be a big V8 engine developed by Ferrari. Maserati Levante will take on cars such as the Porsche Cayenne or the upcoming Bentley SUV.

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Union sources divulged to Automotive News Europe that Fiat will produce Maserati's new Levante SUV at its flagship Mirafiori plant in Turin. Furthermore, this factory will assemble an SUV for Alfa Romeo too. Last Sunday, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said that Fiat will manufacture Maserati and Alfa Romeo models at Mirafiori, ensuring the future of the under-used factory.

He declined to reveal what models will be produced in the plant. Sources said that Fiat is likely to soon make an announcement about what Mirafiori will be building this summer. It’s expected that the Levante will make its debut in 2014 as the first SUV of Maserati. This model, which competes with the Porsche Cayenne, will be built on the same underpinnings as the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The first SUV from Alfa Romeo is scheduled to arrive at showrooms in 2015.

This launch is included in Marchionne’s recent moves to convert Alfa into a global luxury brand that would rival Audi. Fiat is planning to reopen its Italian plants to make Jeeps, Maseratis and Alfa Romeos to be exported since it is increasingly dependent on overseas sales to offset the decreasing demand in Italy. Last Sunday, Marchionne said in an interview in Turin that he has made a pledge to not close Mirafiori.

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Maserati has unveiled the names of its new vehicles at the ongoing Paris Auto Show. Maserati will be naming its first sports utility vehicle as Levante and its planned mid-sized sedan as Ghibli. Maserati will be counting on the Levante and Ghibli to help boost its global sales to around 50,000 vehicles by 2015 from just 6,150 in 2011.

Maserati previewed the Levante at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show as the Kubang concept. The carmaker, a unit of Fiat, has marked the debut of the Levante in 2014, which will be built in the United States by the Chrysler Group, another subsidiary of Fiat.

The Levante will be sharing a production line and architecture with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Maserati chose the name Levante, which means “east” in Italian, to honor its early history.  In 1919, the Maserati brothers transferred their five-year-old company to a larger facility on Via Emilia Levante, in Bologna.

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The production version of the eagerly awaited Maserati SUV will not use the Kubang moniker, which is the name given to the 2003 concept and to a show car that was introduced in 2011. Robert Allan, Maserati director of product planning, said that from the start, the Kubang name was only meant to be used on the concept.

They had planned to divulge the official name as the production of this model approaches. It’s believed that the production model will share many similarities with the 2011 show car. Within the past few years, Maserati has trademarked four seductive names: Ghibli, Milia, Cinqueporte, and Levante.

It’s not probable that Maserati will apply the Ghibli name to the polarizing SUV, Cinqueporte (“five-door”) would be following the naming precedent set by the four-door Quattroporte at the very least. Many reports have used the Levante name to refer to the upcoming sub-Quattroporte sedan but upon close examination of the trademarked names, it seems likely that “Levante” is meant for the SUV.

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If yesterday it was just a rumor, it appears that today it became official: Maserati will get its own SUV model in 2012, which will use the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The car may come in both V8 and V12 version and as expected, the engines will be developed by Ferrari.

"It will be a rock and roll engine," said Sergio Marchionne. This means that the new car will be a direct competitor to cars such as the Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG and the Bmw X6/X6 M. For those who don’t know, the powerful Porsche Cayenne is powered by a 4.8-litre V8 biturbo engine delivering an impressive 500 bhp or 368 kW.

This engine is capable to deliver a fuel consumption of 11.5 ltr/100 km (equal to 24.6 mpg imp) in the New European Driving Cycle.

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