As a luxury brand, Maserati always has luxury as the top of any list it makes. That was clear in the new 2022 Levante Trofeo, the New SUV gives an unmistakable impression of greatness despite some negative points that critics have pointed out.[i]
Starting with the exterior design, the car already gives you an intimidating first impression, with design details that scream power and aggressivity everywhere, the muscular fenders, sharp hood, and the corporate grille all suit the SUV’s personality perfectly.
To further accentuate the point, Maserati used blacked-out trim and 22-inch anthracite-finished alloy wheels. With bits of carbon fiber visible on the lower bumper.
On the rear end we get a slightly different impression, the sloping roofline is an interesting touch that makes the final shape richer.
Now it’s time to open the door and explore the insides of the beast. At first glance we discover the soft leather touch that goes really well with the Alcantara microfiber placed on the headliner.
But this is the part where the critics were particularly harsh on the Levante Trofeo; some of the materials are considered below Maserati and not worthy of such a great brand, especially the high-gloss carbon-fiber trim and the generic-looking window and headlight switchgear.
Even on the practicality side, we find that the cargo space is a bit disappointing, with only 20.5 cubic feet, much less than what the competition is currently offering.
Maybe the only aspect that salvages some of the car’s honor is the comfortable seating, with more than enough headroom for both rows even with the sloping roof.
The good news is once you step on the gas pedal, the car will make you forget all about the interior, or the exterior for that matter. The engine is absolutely amazing, it is a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 that’s making 580 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. Enough power to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The engine will go as smoothly as it gets no matter how harsh you are with the pedals. Even the sound coming out of it submerges you deeper into this special sensation of power and speed.
The last aspect to inspect on this Maserati is of course the level of technology on it, the Levante Trofeo has an 8.4-inch touchscreen, which runs a reskinned version of Stellantis Uconnect, sometimes called the Maserati Touch Control Plus. A system that’s easy to use and well-responsive.
The standard Safety tech kit includes automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The special feature of Active Driving Assist combines the lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control to keep the car in its lane while driving on highways.
Maybe what makes it harder to buy the Maserati Levante Trofeo is the high price. A car that starts with a $173,550 price tag should theoretically have more to offer. A price way above that of other similar – and better - models.
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