Launched earlier in February this year, we now bring you a full gallery of the Maserati Levante. The brand’s first-ever SUV is priced at RM888,800 (inclusive of local taxes and duties) before options, and is offered in a sole diesel-powered variant here.

The Levante features many of the design cues commonly associated with current Maserati vehicles. These include the trademark concave grille at the front, triple fender gills and the ‘Saetta’ trident logo on the C-pillar.

As mentioned at the start, the Malaysian-spec Levante is powered by a diesel engine, in this instance, a 3.0 litre turbocharged unit that develops 275 hp at 4,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 2,600 rpm.

Drive is sent to all four wheels via Q4 all-wheel drive system and rear limited slip differential, as well as a AT8-HP70 eight-speed automatic gearbox from ZF. The Levante will sprint from a rest to a top speed of 230 km/h, with the first 100 km/h being met in 6.9 seconds. It also has a claimed fuel consumption of 7.2 l/100 km following the NEDC cycle, and C02 emission is rated at 180 g/km.

Other driving related bits include an active air suspension system with the brand’s Skyhook adaptive dampers. The SUV offers drivers a choice of four driving modes – Normal, Sport, Off-road, plus Increased Control and Efficiency – which alters the behaviour of the drivetrain and suspension.

On the equipment front, the Levante is fitted with bi-xenon headlights (with LED DRLs) and 18-inch wheels (with 225/60 tyres) as standard. The SUV you see here is fitted with larger 21-inch Anteo units wrapped with 265/40 front and 295/35 rear Pirelli P Zero tyres, a cost option.

Moving inside, you’ll find an 8.4-inch touchscreen display paired with the Maserati Control Plus infotainment system, featuring a rotary controller and AHA online services. There’s also leather upholstery, a dual-zone climate control system and powered front seats.

Customers will also be able to choose from two optional packages – Sport and Luxury – which introduces additional visual touches to the SUV. The Sport package (fitted on this unit) adds on a black piano finish for the front grille and skid plates, chrome door sills, red brake calipers, 20-inch Nereo machine-polished wheels or the 21-inch Anteos stated above, a power adjustable steering column and sports steering wheel.

On the other hand, the Luxury pack comes with a metallic front grille finish, illuminated door sills, lower bumper elements, Zefiro 19-inch wheels, chrome trunk siil, black brake calipers and a Harman Kardon Premium Sound System.

An exclusive Zegna Edition package can also be specified together with the Luxury option, introducing bespoke silk trim from Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna to the seats, roof lining and sun visors.

Once again, the Levante retails for RM888,800 before options, and each purchase comes with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty and three-year/60,000 km Maserati Premium Service Plus. For the truly curious, this particular Levante, with the options, is priced at RM995,800.