Exotic cars are not anymore what they used to be. It was a category for itself. But now, all these companies must keep up with the competition. That is why we see Porsche or Maserati stepping into a new, crossover market. Luxurious, powerful, and expensive, their products have no chance to survive. That is why they downgrade SUVs to enter the market. But, true enthusiasts that want to feel the full impression opt for top range models. The 2019 Maserati Levante GTS is a kind of it.
It is still not a final product since we can’t buy it. But, most details about 2019 Maserati Levante GTS are already available. For example, the new V-8 engine is going to deliver 550 horses. Nevertheless, with different tuning, Maserati Levante Trofeo beats this record with higher output.
All in all, the nameplate brings exactly what we expect from it. There is a base model which is affordable for buyers looking for a luxury SUV. The carmaker launches performance-oriented premium crossover as the top of the trim model to compete for rivals. The 2019 Maserati Levante GTS will definitely go after likes of Cayenne Turbo, BMW X6 M, or Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG.
2019 Maserati Levante GTS Price
High output brings the higher price of this vehicle. The mid-size SUV starts from almost $75,000. That is slightly higher than Cayenne. But, the far-end performance SUVs are over $100k. So, if you are planning to invest your money into 2019 Maserati Levante GTS, then start saving and be sure you will have to dig deep into a pocket for it. Since its main rival, Porsche Cayenne Turbo is around $125,000, Levante will raise the level of the cost for its special version.
The previous edition of the luxury SUV had no such version. So, the company is creating the new package. Well, we can be sure that the premium materials and the latest features are going to take position inside the cabin. The new standard model of Levante SUV is already out, but it is still not available for ordering.
Bosses in Maserati will wait for the right moment to release the special 2019 Maserati Levante GTS version. According to opinions by experts from this segment, it is about to happen next spring. With it, the Italian carmaker will refresh the interest in the entire lineup and buy some time before they launch the next premium crossover. Future plans of the company include a new SUV, which could have Ferrari’s powertrain.
2019 Maserati Levante GTS Specs
It is official – the 2019 Maserati Levante GTS will use a V-8 engine. We saw this unit before since Quattroporte GTS is already using it. However, sources are claiming the mill will deliver 550 horses. But, don’t be surprised if the SUV push it toward 600 hp rating. For the sport sedan, the engine is capable to deliver 523 horses and 480 lb-ft of torque. For the 2019 Levante GTS, twisting power will definitely go above 500 pound-feet.
Upgrades on brakes and suspension will make a drive very smooth. The 2019 Maserati Levante GTS will use the all-wheel drive as the only mode. The router of power from the engine to wheels is an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Levante GTS vs Trofeo
At the same time, the company confirmed the arrival of another performance-tuned crossover based on the regular Levante. It is a Trofeo version that makes even more power than GTS. The new model will reach 590 hp. Here, engineers have more work to do than designers.
The unit is the same as for the 2019 Maserati Levante GTS. A 3.8-liter V-8 can expect retuning to achieve 538 lb-ft, which is again significantly higher than we will get from Levante Trofeo’s sibling. With such output, the crossover is able to sprint to 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The new Maserati Levante GTS is going to need 4 seconds.
2019 Maserati Levante GTS Spy Shots
The first spy photos of the 2019 Maserati Levante GTS are available. From there we can predict what to expect from the final product. Well, at least we think so since major part of the crossover is under camouflage. Some parts also look unfinished.
But, we could see similar features are for the Trofeo. The hood is clean for example, which is not the same. Side skirts and splitter won’t show differences. LED lamps and 22-inch wheels are standard.
Premium leather covers upholstery, seats, and steering wheel. That is not all since unique stitches will definitely show that you are not in the usual crossover. Other features will be carried over from the base SUV, such as the dashboard, screens, and infotainment system. But, on the other hand, premium audio, and navigation will be included in the price we pay for 2019 Maserati Levante GTS.