Many automakers will share parts across their model range in order to save money. It’s not a practice most have a problem with, but when it comes to very high-end vehicles, it can be a bit disheartening to see a part from a budget model in the cabin.
Jalopnik recently published a piece on this topic after reading a tweet from The Daily KanBan’s Edward Niedermeyer. The tweet, which we’ve also embedded, shows several of the Levante’s interior components, including the wiper stalk, window switches and push-button start, which are shared with the 2016 Ram 1500 pickup truck.
It’s easy to hate on Maserati for tapping Fiat Chrysler’s pickup truck brand for interior controls, but don’t be so quick to judge. The Bentley Continental uses some VW Group parts bin components in the cabin, while the Ford GT used Ford components and the C6 Chevrolet Corvette General Motors ones. The wiper stalk on the Ferrari 550 was plucked from a Fiat, while the rear lights on a McLaren F1 are from a Dutch-made bus. We could go on and on.
Does the fact other high-end automakers use parts bin components make it okay for Maserati to, though? If the Ram 1500 switches looked and felt entirely out of place in the Levante than yeah, we might take issue with them, but the feel of the Ram parts hardly detracts from the high-end feel of the cabin. Most customers won’t be any the wiser, and its not like vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 don’t use black plastic window switches and wiper stalks.
— E.W. Niedermeyer (@Tweetermeyer) April 21, 2016