2019 Maserati Levante & Quattroporte

An icon of luxury, reimagined for 2019.

By Davio Rodriguez

Founded a year after Ford’s new moving assembly line had Model Ts flying out of the factory and only several months after the beginning of the First World War, Maserati has been hand-crafting luxury vehicles for generations. Today, this Italian brand is associated with other luxury makes of the region, such as Alfa Romeo and Abarth. This is for good reason, as Maserati has been the leader in this rarified market for decades—known for elegant, bespoke designs and class-dominating performance records. Recently, the brand has taken an interest in both branching out and improving current designs, manifesting in the 2019 Maserati Levante and the 2019 Maserati Quattroporte, respectively. The Levante represents the interest of Maserati, and indeed the interest of the greater luxury auto industry, in the international SUV market. The Levante has shed the flaws holding it back from models of previous years, while re-negotiating the relationship between SUVs and freedom of movement. On the other hand, the 2019 Quattroporte is a luxury sedan taking more cues from the last year’s design than the Levante—acting as an encore of what past Quattroporte drivers loved about their cars. From their newly available models, it is clear that Maserati is stepping in line to dominate the new decade.

2019 Maserati Levante 

Dear reader, I must confess—I had a difficult time deciding which model to talk about first. Usually, “talking fast last” gives the bigger models a chance at the spotlight first and keeps the reader’s interest consistent throughout the piece. However, Maserati entertains no such distinction, as all cars under the brand are breakneck by industry standards. The Levante is no exception: a powerful twin-turbo, 345 horsepower engine available in either V6 or V8 and standard all-wheel drive makes “the Maserati of SUVs” an SUV only in size and name. Effortlessly, it sails over rough terrain and endless stretches of highway alike with a 21 highway MPG (the Levante’s efficiency sees a marked improvement over last year’s model). The Levante also comes with Maserati Skyhook performance suspension with electronic damping control and a 5-way active air suspension for greatly improved off-road capability This year’s Levante cuts a sharp silhouette against any background thanks to smart, sleek Italian design. The Levante comes in 15 different colors and coats, which means that two 2019 Levantes passing on the road will seldom look alike. The 2019 Levante’s unique nature, improved engine efficiency, and unparalleled prestige will turn heads with every drive.  

2019 Maserati Quattroporte

The Quattroporte is the world’s first luxury sports sedan, and casts a sleeker, trimmer silhouette than its Levante counterpart. Inside, twin-turbocharged V8 or V6 engines, a Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive and up to 23 highway MPG keeps the Quattroporte on the road, faster and longer than last year’s model. The 2019 Quattroporte comes in eleven colors, running an exotic gambit from Rosso Folgore Metallic to Blue Nobile. The 2019 Quattroporte has enough customization to satisfy any individual taste. The base model, the Quattroporte S, offers 424 horsepower and a max speed of 177mph. The highest-tier model, the Quattroporte GTS, outputs an impressive 523 horsepower for a max speed of 190mph. Truly, the Quattroporte is more at home on a raceway than a driveway. With forged aluminum rims for structural integrity without the compromise of added weight, the Quattroporte means that every ride is a joyride. In the cabin, everything from cupholders to sunblinds has been altered to improve to rider comfort. The seats are heated and ventilated, and some select models include 100 percent silk upholsteries designed by famous Italian fashion house, Ermenegildo Zegna. The Quattroporte is a perfectly balanced luxury sports sedan—displaying dependable, market-dominating performance, and a lush, cozy interior housed within a compellingly designed exterior.  

To test drive one of the models reviewed here, visit Rick Case Maserati, 3500 Weston Road, Davie, FL 33331. Call 954.621.1267 or visit RickCaseMaserati.com for more information.

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