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2018 Maserati Levante

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2018 Maserati Levante Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Aaron Bragman

Competes with: Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, BMW X5 M

Looks like: A slightly less opulent Levante Trofeo

Drivetrains: 550-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealers: Likely late 2018

Maserati is gunning for Porsche directly with the latest model to join the Levante SUV lineup: the 2019 Levante GTS. Slotting in just below the Trofeo, it uses the same twin-turbocharged engine but in slightly less powerful form, giving Maserati a price-competitive luxury SUV meant to go head-to-head with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo (whereas the Turbo S will likely stack up against the Trofeo more directly). We recently got an up-close look and brief spin in the Levante GTS at the M1 Concourse private racetrack in Pontiac, Mich., a fun introduction to this latest entry into an increasingly competitive segment.

Related: Maserati Levante: Can This Exotic SUV Handle a ‘Merican Road Trip?

Exterior

On the outside, the new GTS looks like the rest of the Levante lineup — curvy, angular, sleek and rakish, with obvious ties to the rest of the Maserati family. The changes to make a GTS are subtle and focused mainly on the lower front and rear bumpers. The front is redone with a new lower design that features two aerodynamic wings, and the rear has added a new horizontal element meant to emphasize the SUV’s width.

Full matrix LED headlights are optional. Quad exhaust tips are present out back, as well. On the...

Competes with: Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, BMW X5 M

Looks like: A slightly less opulent Levante Trofeo

Drivetrains: 550-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealers: Likely late 2018

Maserati is gunning for Porsche directly with the latest model to join the Levante SUV lineup: the 2019 Levante GTS. Slotting in just below the Trofeo, it uses the same twin-turbocharged engine but in slightly less powerful form, giving Maserati a price-competitive luxury SUV meant to go head-to-head with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo (whereas the Turbo S will likely stack up against the Trofeo more directly). We recently got an up-close look and brief spin in the Levante GTS at the M1 Concourse private racetrack in Pontiac, Mich., a fun introduction to this latest entry into an increasingly competitive segment.

Related: Maserati Levante: Can This Exotic SUV Handle a ‘Merican Road Trip?

Exterior

On the outside, the new GTS looks like the rest of the Levante lineup — curvy, angular, sleek and rakish, with obvious ties to the rest of the Maserati family. The changes to make a GTS are subtle and focused mainly on the lower front and rear bumpers. The front is redone with a new lower design that features two aerodynamic wings, and the rear has added a new horizontal element meant to emphasize the SUV’s width.

Full matrix LED headlights are optional. Quad exhaust tips are present out back, as well. On the GTS, specifically, a chrome front grille with chrome surround, body-colored door handles, spoiler, front splitter and rear extractor, and piano-black inserts in the bumpers distinguish the GTS. A subtle GTS badge on the rear hatch confirms what you’re looking at.

Interior

The cabin is an opulent place, full of leather, wood and aluminum detailing. A full single-stitched leather interior is standard on the GTS in either black, red, tan or beige, or opt for the Pieno Fiore double-stitched premium leather in black, red or tan. The steering wheel and all of the seats are heated, with the front seats ventilated, as well. There are some large aluminum paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, and the GTS includes sport pedals, unique gauges, illuminated door sills, and velour floormats. A 900-watt, 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system is standard, as is the Maserati Touch Control Plus multimedia system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen (which you might recognize as a slightly redone Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Uconnect system).

Under the Hood

Powering the Levante GTS is a slightly detuned version of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 found in the Levante Trofeo that was unveiled at the New York Auto Show earlier this year. It makes 590 horsepower in the Trofeo, but has been retuned to make 550 hp in the GTS. It’s mated to an excellent ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, after which power is routed to all four wheels.

A standard mechanical limited-slip differential is fitted, as is Maserati’s unique Skyhook electronic adjustable suspension. The transmission lever is new for 2019, and now allows for selecting a manual or automatic mode by sliding the lever left and right. This has eliminated the “M” button on the transmission and now allows for selecting Sport mode and Skyhook modes independent of the transmission mode, says Maserati.

The suspension is largely the same as other Levante models but features tuning unique to the GTS in order to impart a more sporting character. The Skyhook adjustable dampers also adjust ride height, optimizing the vehicle’s height for various conditions (not that you’re ever likely to take this off-road). At its most aggressive, it can lower the GTS by 3 inches from its highest point, suitable for track duty (not that you’re ever likely to take this on a track).

The GTS features 20-inch wheels as standard, with new 21-inch or 22-inch forged wheels as an option. The brakes have been upgraded to painted six-piston calipers up front on 15-inch discs, with 13-inch discs in the rear.

How It Drives

I was able to get a few laps on a soaking-wet M1 Concourse track in the new GTS between rain squalls, but this is perhaps really the best way to test a new Maserati SUV. The V-8 in the Levante isn’t a big one at just 3.8 liters, but you’d never know it when you punch up that starter button. It makes big engine noises, and when you’ve put all the settings into sport modes, it roars down the track like the true Italian motor it is. It’s a glorious noise, accompanied by a seamless rush of power and a throttle response that’s astonishingly dialed in given that this is a heavy SUV. 

FCA seems to be getting quite good at making its big SUVs go really fast around a track, having successfully done so with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The Maserati Levante GTS is no different; while nobody likely will ever drive one of these luxurious, expensive machines in anger around a road circuit, it can be used for such duty if needed — enjoyably at that. Maserati says that the GTS can get from zero-to-60 mph in just 4.0 seconds, which is exceptional for an SUV that weighs more than 4,700 pounds. 

Both the new Levante GTS and Levante Trofeo are expected to be available late this year.

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Consumer Reviews

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The Italian sports car of SUV's

by DaHaiLife from Edison, NJ on June 22, 2020

The Levante is a special car to own and wonderful to drive on a daily basis. It's everything you'd expect from an Italian sports car; beautiful curves, uncluttered interior with fine materials, and ... Read full review

(5.0)

What a suv!!!

by Tom23911 from Waxahachie, Texas on November 18, 2019

We have owed a Porsche Cayenne for the past 5 years ( great car) but wanted to try something different. We went with the Levante and oh what a great choice ! It is a beautiful car that we constantly ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Maserati Levante currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Maserati Levante has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Maserati

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    2014-18 Ghibli, Gran Tursimo, Levante and Quattroporte models; dependent on service record

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Remainder of orginal warranty plus 2 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    120-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Levante received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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