Maserati has announced that it is set to introduce a new V6 petrol engine into its Levante SUV lineup. 

The 3-litre unit produces 345 bhp and means a top speed for the Levante of 156 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 6 seconds. Official economy figures are 23.5 mph and 268 g/km CO2. 

The engine can already be found in the Ghibli saloon and will also be available to order in the Quattroporte at the same time as in the SUV. 

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2019 Maserati Levante

Maserati revealed its 2019 range of cars at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Levante has seen some changes, including the introduction of new full LED matrix headlights and Maserati’s Integrated Vehicle Control safety system that provides active support to keep the ride stable. 

There’s also now a choice of 10 colours for the Quattroporte and 11 for each of the Ghibli and Levante models. Two new tri-coat colours are now available, which Maserati says have been developed to enhance the design of each, Rosso Potente and Blu Nobile.

Mike Biscoe, general manager at Maserati GB, said: ‘We are pleased to be able to now offer the new petrol engine on the Maserati Levante, which in addition to the 424 bhp petrol engine we introduced last year and the 271 bhp diesel we offered at launch, provide a much greater choice to our UK customers. 

‘The introduction of the more cost-effective, entry-level petrol engine is as a result of the demand in the market and we expect it to sell extremely well.’

The new entry-level Levante will start at £61,425 on the road, and the Quattroporte version with the same new engine will start from £78,120 on the road. 

Maserati says that both can be further personalised with either the GranLusso or GranSport trims as well as a wide range of optional equipment including new colours, wheel designs, Pieno Fiore leather interiors as well as the new Nerissimo package. 

Orders are open now, with deliveries expected to begin in September 2018. 

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