Crossover Power: The 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo
Maserati’s 2019 Levante Trofeo performance-oriented SUV is one of the fastest vehicles ever to roll off this Italian automaker’s factory floor. Recently making its debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, is the Trofeo too fast for your own good? Hang on kids; this isn’t your customary family-hauler. Let’s delve into all the details that make the new Maserati crossover so captivating.
Only in its second year of production, the Trofeo paired the aggressive stance of the GT with the sophistication of the Quattroporte sedan and voilà: the Levante Trofeo. Not only is the Maserati Trofeo fast, but it also looks fast too with a striking matte paint job, matching matte wheels, and eye-catching red brake calipers.
Filling out the wheel wells are unusually large for Maserati two-tone, five-spoke 22-inch aluminum rims. A race-inspired honeycomb mesh disguises three separate intake outlets, and blacked-out grille and Matrix LED headlights grace the Trofeo’s front fascia. The hood is embellished with a carbon-fiber splitter and diffuser, and two additional air vents help keep the engine’s cylinder heads cool.
Italian designers added a variety of elegant ways to create a distinctive atmosphere inside the Trofeo’s cockpit. This SUV stands out with soft, natural Pieno Fiore leather upholstery and the Trofeo trident logo sewn in the headrest in your choice of black, red, or tan contrast stitching. The passenger-side dash, center stack and console, and behind the steering wheel all boast lightweight carbon fiber composite trim.
The Trofeo SUV’s instrument cluster features custom graphics and boasts a large 8.4-inch infotainment display. A powerful 1,280-watt, 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system entertains passengers, while the dual-zone climate control and electrically adjustable seats add sophisticated and convenient touches. The Trofeo offers families a 40/60 rear split bench, and 20.5 cubic feet of utilitarian cargo room.
Maserati dropped its Ferrari built 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine under the Trofeo’s hood. This big block puts out a massive 590 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. This SUV achieves speeds of 187 mph or more and hits the 60 mph mark in just 3.7 seconds, putting it in the big leagues with the likes of BMW’s X5 M.
All this get up and go comes from Maserati’s redesigned cylinder heads, camshafts, and valves. Increased air flow to the turbochargers combine to make this engine’s output per liter more than any powerhouse ever produced by this Italian automaker.
Set your Levante Trofeo to the new “Corsa” or race mode, and feel like your luxury SUV is roaring down the track with increased engine response, faster shifting, and traction control. Take advantage of the Levante Trofeo’s other innovative driving modes such as Normal, I.C.E., Sport, and Off-Road settings.
Maserati added its Integrated Vehicle Control system to the newly refreshed Trofeo that delivers improved driving dynamics and performance through increased stability and a stronger chassis.
Maserati is giving German automakers something to think about in the SUV class of luxury vehicles. We hope to discover more about pricing this summer when the Levante Trofeo goes into production. Want to learn more with our team? Be sure to read up on the Maserati Levante interior today.