Published on March 31st, 2022 | by Amirul Mukminin0
2022 Maserati Levante S Now In Malaysia – RM808,800
The Italian performance SUV gains even more equipment
Naza Italia has officially launched the 2022 Maserati Levante S in Malaysia, bringing fresh updates in regards to the design, infotainment and driver assistance systems. The high-performance SUV is priced at RM808,800 after duties and taxes, and including options, and comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.
Powering the Levante S is a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that makes a whopping 430 hp at 5,750 rpm and 580 Nm from 2,000 to 4,750 rpm. Thanks to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and Maserati’s Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with a rear limited-slip differential, the Levante S is able to complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 264 km/h.
For 2022, the front end of the Levante S has been given a subtle nip and tuck through a newly designed grille, while the rear section features a new light cluster in the shape of a boomerang, which is said to be inspired by many historic Maserati models. Regardless of trim (GranSport or GranLusso), 21-inch wheels are equipped as standard.
Inside, a new 8.4-inch central display with a frameless design and improved graphics adorns the dashboard. The instrument cluster has not been left untouched as it now includes redesigned analogue rev counter and speedometer and a 7-inch TFT display right in the middle. Maserati says the plastic trim has been replaced with an anti-dazzle flat glass for a more high-tech look, while a combination of glossy and matte black trims results in a richer effect.
The Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) has also been updated to include Active Driving Assist (ADS). An evolution of Highway Assist, which was only useable on highways, ADS can be activated on any well-maintained road at speeds up to 145 km/h with the Adaptive Cruise Control activated.
Maserati renews the Levante with a more elegant, non-invasive restyling that refreshes the look of the Maserati of SUVs; and a substantial upgrade to the multimedia system in terms of both appearance and technology. The aim is to give the entire Maserati range a unified identity, by creating a common language for its key models.
The distinctive features of the new Levante are the new front grille and the new rear light clusters, which have a boomerang shape inspired by that introduced in the late 1990s by Giugiaro’s 3200 GT. With these updates, the new restyled Levante will be recognisable at a glance.
“We strive to continue delighting the most discerning tastes of our Malaysian clientele with a comprehensive Maserati product line-up that is luxurious, stylish, refined and technologically excellent, especially for those who appreciate unique Italian craftsmanship that is 100% made in Italy, complemented with a unique ownership experience” said Dato’ Nik Hamdam, Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings.
The design concept of the Levante combines coupé lines with interior space for five people and exceptional aerodynamic efficiency. Its imposing grille, which was inspired by the sensational Alfieri concept, pays homage to historic Maserati cars like the Tipo 60 Birdcage. The new Levante front is also updated to feature the innovative front grille with tuning fork design, which comes in chrome for the GranLusso trim and Black Piano for the GranSport.
The look of the new Levante rear is also transformed with a new light cluster in boomerang design, inspired by many historic Maserati models typical of the brand’s genetic identity. To emphasise the boomerang shape, the light clusters are produced with a state-of-the-art 3K injection moulding technology, giving the unit a three-colour lens: black around the edge, red in the middle and clear in the bottom section. This new style has refreshed Levante’s look very effectively.
The existing differences between the various trims remain unchanged. On the GranSport trim, the side air intakes in the lower fascia have a more aggressive design, defined by two aerodynamic wings that give a sense of further stability, visually “pushing” the weight of the car’s nose towards the massive front wheels. The side bezel blades and the splitter are styled to improve the airflow distribution.
The wider, more muscular rear end has a sharper horizontal element and a body-colour lower extractor embracing the four exhaust tips. Alongside the sportier bumpers, the GranSport exterior is also discernible for the front and rear Black Piano inserts, the GranSport badges on the front fenders, red brake callipers and either 21” Helios or 21” Anteo wheels.
The GranLusso trim is identified on the exterior by a series of elegant chrome inserts in the front fascia, chrome front/rear skid plates, body colour rear spoiler, black-painted brake callipers, 21” Anteo wheels and GranLusso badges on the fenders.
On the interior, the main changes of the new Levante are concentrated in the 8.4” central display and instrument cluster with major updates introduced. The central screen is now frameless for a more contemporary look, with almost all the surrounding bezel removed. This improved resolution, graphics and visual effect make it look like a single curved screen with the air vents cut into it, enabling vertical reading of the whole display. The name Maserati is screen-printed on the back of the screen at the bottom of the display for a three-dimensional effect.
There is also a subtle but very sophisticated change to the instrument cluster, which now includes a large rev counter and speedometer (still analogue but with updated graphics) on either side of a 7” TFT display. Much of the plastic from the previous versions is eliminated and replaced with real anti-dazzle flat glass covers over the instruments. All these changes give the instrument cluster a more high-tech look and generate a richer impression. Effects are achieved by alternating glossy and matte blacks. The perimeter ring which contains the numbers is reflective glossy black, while the central ring containing the indicator lights is matte black.
The resolution and graphics of the display between the rev counter and speedometer is also updated; they now match those of the large central screen, with the introduction of gilded surrounds for a more distinctive, luxurious look.
Although ADAS are valuable assets for ensuring a safer driving experience, Maserati also remains faithful to its core philosophy as a manufacturer of race-bred grand touring cars with superior dynamics capable of offering an unparalleled driving experience. In the updated, new Levante; Active Driving Assist (ADS) is added to the ADAS.
Active Driving Assist (ADS) is anevolution of Highway Assist, introduced with Model Year 2018. A “hands-on” function (the driver is required to stay in control of the car at all times), it is intended for use on any kind of well-maintained road. While previous versions were only usable on highways, today it is available on any well-maintained road at speeds up to 145 km/h with the Adaptive Cruise Control system activated: it reduces driver fatigue and consequently enhances active safety by allowing the car to keep itself centred in its lane and to adapt its pre-selected speed in full autonomy.
The system employs a radar unit and a forward-looking camera and works with the EPS to control the direction of the car. The multi-function camera detects horizontal road markings and calculates the distance and speed of the preceding vehicle. Highway Assist includes a radio that provides road information and a ‘hands-on wheel’ detection system. The driver can override the system at any time.
The new Maserati Levante S is available in Malaysia at RM 808,800.00 (inclusive of local taxes and duties) with full specifications and options. Keen buyers of the restyled Maserati S are entitled to enjoy a limited time offer of 5 years Standard Warranty coverage with no mileage restriction.
Contact Naza Italia – Maserati showroom at 03 7956 8599 or 1700 81 5051 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor for an exclusive viewing. Follow www.facebook/maserati.malaysia and @maserati.malaysia (Instagram) for the brand’s latest updates in Malaysia.