Published on March 16th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Maserati Levante runs with a 3.0l V6 turbodiesel engine
Like the popular best selling Ghibli and the luxury Quattroporte, this Levante SUV is also sold with a powerful V6 turbodiesel engine.
The 3-litre V6 is manufactured by VM Motori. It develops 275 hp of power and a crushing 600 Nm of torque, 90% of which available below 2,000 rpm. The Levante 275 hp accelerates from+0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and makes it to 230 km/h even though it emits just 189 g/km of CO2 and has a consumption of 7.2 l/100 km on the NEDC test cycle.
The engine uses Common-Rail direct-injection with reduced dwell time-injectors. The maximum injection pressure of the common rail system is 2,000 bar while the system is able to perform up to 8 injections in a single cycle and features Injection Rate Shaping technology. The IRS creates a continuous injection profile that improves performance and reduces emissions, assisted by a sophisticated Exhaust Gas Recirculation system.
Other significant features are a ball bearing variable-geometry turbocharger with variable nozzles and a fabricated exhaust manifold with air-gap. The shaft rotation on ceramic ball bearing of the turbo system reduces friction by 50% and, as a result, reduces turbo lag and improves boost and torque. There is a significant reduction in emissions – 8% less Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 9% less Hydrocarbons (HC) in the NEDC cycle. Low friction turbo has more benefits, like better cold start behaviour, quicker boost time, significant torque improvements and reduced fuel consumption.
Using steel instead of cast iron, along with the use of “Air Gap Technology”, means that the engine can reach higher temperatures, improving the air-flow speed to the turbo for even better performance.
The Start & Stop system on the diesel version reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 6%. Start & Stop is automatically disabled in both the “sport” and “ESC off’ modes.
A thrilling engine sound is essential for every Maserati and the Levante Diesel is no exception thanks to the Maserati Active Sound system. Two sound actuators, fitted near the exhaust tailpipes, accentuate the engine’s most attractive tones and adjust them depending on the way the car is being driven. When the driver presses the “sport” button, the sound becomes more resonant and remarkably inspirational for a diesel. Just the soundtrack you would expect from a Maserati.
The Levante can be yours from a starting price of RM888,800.00 (inclusive of local taxes and duties) and includes 3 years Standard Warranty coverage with no mileage restriction plus a *Maserati Premium Service Plus of 3 years/60,000 km whichever comes first. The public is invited to head over to Naza Italia’s showroom in Petaling Jaya to view and test drive the Levante and speak with Naza Italia’s sales team in greater detail about Maserati’s newest offering.
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|LEVANTE DIESEL 275 hp|
|Engine Layout||Turbodiesel 600 V6 common rail|
|Max. Power (kW / hp @ rpm)||202 / 275 @ 4,000|
|Max. Torque (Nm @ rpm)||600 @ 2,000-2,600|
l/100 km (NEDC)
|0-100 km/h (sec)||6.9|
|Top speed (km/h)||230|
|Gearbox||8-speed automatic ZF AT8 – HP70|
|Transmission||Q4 All Wheel Drive with rear limited slip differential|
|Suspension Front||Double Wishbone, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers|
|Suspension Rear||Multi Link, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers|
|Length/width/height (mm)||5,003 / 1,968 / 1,679|
|Tyres (standard)||255/60 ZR18|