Maserati updates the Levante for 2021

MY21 Levante GranSport exterior qtr

Maserati renews the Levante with a elegant, non-invasive restyling that refreshes the look, while there is a substantial upgrade to the multimedia system in terms of both appearance and technology. 

The distinctive features of the MY21 versions 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 MY21 versions of the two sedans and the Levante will be recognisable at a glance. The aim of the MY21 is to give the entire Maserati range a unified identity, by creating a common language for Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante.

Maserati Levante

The design concept of the Levante combines coupé lines with interior space for five people and exceptional aerodynamic efficiency. “The Maserati of SUVs” is instantly recognisable from a distance, thanks to its imposing grille, which was inspired by the sensational Alfieri concept, but also pays homage to historic Maserati cars like the Tipo 60 Birdcage. With MY21, Levante also updates its front to feature the innovative front grille with tuning fork design. This front grille comes in chrome for the GranLusso trim and Black Piano for the GranSport.

Like the sedans, Levante MY21 will also be equipped with the new boomerang design rear light clusters, as described for Ghibli and Quattroporte. A new style that refreshes the Levante’s look very effectively. 

The existing differences between the various trims remain unchanged for MY21. 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, the red brake calipers and the 20-inch Nereo 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 calipers, 19-inch Zefiro alloy wheels and GranLusso badges on the fenders.

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Interior

The main changes to the interior of the MY21 are concentrated in the central display and instrument cluster, with major updates introduced. Levante retains the 8”4 display but with improved resolution and graphics and above all with a visual effect that makes 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 in the bottom of the display, for a three-dimensional effect.

There has also been 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 has been eliminated, and replaced with real anti-dazzle flat glass covers over the instruments.

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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 have also been updated; they now match those of the large central screen, with the introduction of gilded surrounds for a more distinctive, luxurious look. 

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ADAS: introduction of Active Driving Assist

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 MY21, Active Driving Assist is added to the ADAS already available Levante.

Active Driving Assist:

This is an evolution of Highway Assist, introduced with MY18. 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.

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New generation Multimedia System

All MY21 models are complete with an array of technology upgrades, including also the new generation MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant) multimedia system. The heart of MIA is the powerful Android Automotive operating system, which offers a completely new, innovative, higher-performing User Experience, with full personalisation to the driver’s use preferences.

Maserati Levante Pricing

Maserati Levante Pricing

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