The test vehicle of the newest 2018 Maserati Levante GTS has been spotted in recent times. The Maserati Levante may not be a long time player in luxury SUV segment but that does not make it any less formidable than rivals from stables of Rolls Royce or Porsche. The midsized luxury SUV is based on the Kubang Concept which was displayed way back in 2011 Frankfurt motor show.
The first generation Levante managed to create a good impression and made rivals sit up and take notice. However, Maserati is not going to sit idle and it is all set to release a high-performance version of the Levante which will get the moniker of Levante GTS, as per the latest news.
2018 Maserati Levante GTS Styling and Safety
The exterior styling of the upcoming Levante GTS will not be very different from the regular Levante model. However, it will get a number of styling factors to make it stand out. The trident logo on vertical slat grille will be there but lower air intakes can be bigger. The car will get Led lights all over. Overall, it will get a menacing and stylish look. Even the side-view mirrors are different on the GTS variant. The window is surrounded by polished chrome accents. At back, there are quad exhaust tips and edgy looking roof spoiler.
Not much is known about the cabin, but you can expect it to come laden with lavish wood trim and soft leather wrapped seats with contrast stitching. The dashboard may get edgy styling and carbon fiber. Apart from the large touchscreen for infotainment setup, there will be a bright TFT driver’s information display on the dashboard.
The upcoming Levante GTS will get oodles of safety technologies and it will come with truckloads of amenities. So, you can expect the Bowers & Wilkins music setup or an equally lavish Harman Kardon speaker setup in the cabin. The enhanced Maserati Touch Control infotainment will be there too.
2018 Maserati Levante GTS Engine Rumors
The main USP of the upcoming 2018 Maserati Levante GTS is its powertrain- beyond doubt. The exact powertrain is not clear at this moment. But, it will surely be more powerful than the top engine used in the regular version. The engine has to match the output of rivals like Porsche Cayenne Turbo and BMW X6 M. It may so happen, Maserati, deploys the twin-turbocharged V-8 engine in it.
The unit is now used in its Quattroporte GTS and the output is 523 HP. It may be paired with an AWD setup and 8-speed automatic gearbox. It remains to be seen if a hybrid version is also unveiled later.
2018 Maserati Levante GTS Price and Availability
The exact price of upcoming 2018 Maserati Levante GTS is unknown. But, a price tag near $100.000 mark over above can be expected. It will be released sometimes in 2018.
Summing it up
The 2018 Maserati Levante GTS is going to be exciting luxury SUV that will help Maserati establish its footprint in the performance-oriented segment. Its killer styling, luxurious cabin and powerful engine will help it cope with popular rivals with ease. It is going to be priced higher than the regular variant but that is only natural.