Previously, Australian consumers who were interested in getting behind the wheel of the Maserati Levante were forced into the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel version of the crossover. Now the Italian luxury brand has confirmed the gasoline Levante S will make its way to Oz, however, giving local customers a choice of two engines.
The Levante S is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 424 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, just as it is on all versions of the Levante, while the automaker’s eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission option.
The Levante enjoyed a successful launch on Australia late last year, with the automaker receiving over 200 orders for the crossover off the bat. Maserati expects the Levante to be extremely popular in the country – with over 1,000 sales projected in 2017 alone.
Maserati is considering dropping the 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine in the Levante to create a performance version akin to the Quattroporte GTS. Maserati Australia bosses have already hinted that such a model would arrive in Oz if it were to come to fruition and it seems as though it will, with the automaker saying the 3.9-liter engine would be a simple plug-and-play fitment.
“We always have our hand up for high performance vehicles, that’s why Maserati does really well in Australia and New Zealand,” Maserati Australia chief operating officer Glen Sealey told Drive.com.au in a recent interview.