IS there anybody who doesn’t make a SUV?
Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Bentley have all assimilated the juggernaut with Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce to follow.
And Lamborghini – yes, you listened that right, the builder of supercars like the Huracan and Aventador – just forsaken its £165,000 Urus.
The keen-eyed among you will notice one name is missing: Ferrari.
The Ferrari SUV tale has some-more “will they, won’t they” moments than a Christmas soap storyline.
But if you’re fed up watchful for the credits to hurl – then there’s an option.
Welcome to the Maserati Levante S with a new engine approach from Ferrari F1 HQ in Maranello.
Yes, Maserati make a SUV, too, but you’ve substantially never deliberate it due to a rather uninspiring diesel engine.
But now it’s got the engine it always deserved – a utterance V6 that’ll hit 164mph and 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds.
Handy timing, too, as the 3.0-litre V6 petrol comes just as Brits have depressed out of adore with diesel.
Before you lurch to your dealer, there’s a few things to note. For starters, it’s a Maserati so it’s not cheap.
The Levante S starts at £70,755 with GranSport (black physique work, spoilers, paddle shifts) and GranLusso (luxury touches like silk seats and chrome bodywork) variants going for £76,995.
Get bustling on the options list with things like a £2,000 upgraded sound system, £1,000 timber trim and £2,500 motorist assistance container and you’ll be sat in the £90,000 test car.
Still interested? Well, you should be since the oppulance SUV styling is a large devil.
The new 2018 indication also gets a revised grille, crafty Skyhook cessation that’ll tackle many off-roading but a problem, a new infotainment system, soothing doorway close technology, electric energy steering and motorist reserve facilities like blind mark detection, traffic sign recognition and brazen collision warning.
The star of the show is of march the new engine that has the heading Maserati scream that sounds like an angry T-Rex.
Flick it into Sport mode and it’ll reduce the float tallness and make the automobile hang to the highway by the bends.
You’ll forget you’re hauling around a big old SUV with Maserati doing a good pursuit to minimise physique hurl and make you feel like you’re in a two-seater sports car.
Maserati Levante S
Engine: 3.0-litre V6
0-62mph: 5.2 seconds
Top speed: 164mph
Price: From £70,755
If you’re in Sport, the ZF eight-speed gearbox doesn’t loiter too much – and that empty note…wow.
Flick it into comfort, though, and all quietens down and softens up for cruising nonetheless you’ll still normal bashful of 30mpg.
The Skyhook cessation complement will never be used by many owners happy to poodle around at 30mph on the school run.
But if you do find yourself in a mark of worry it’s able of lifting the float tallness to wade by ditches and the mountain skirmish underline will take you down gradients that Olympic skiers would spin down.
That new infotainment complement is great, too. It’s as manageable as any smartphone and has a splash and wizz touchscreen on the sat nav which some-more manufacturers should consider using.
The Levante already creates up over half of all Maserati sales and this new petrol engine will only help to boost sales.
If the anti-diesel summary continues, it competence even be adequate to convince fans of German SUVs to demeanour for an alternative.