The Maserati Levante is now available with a 3.0 litre V6 engine with 350 hp, which is the MY19 SUV’s entry level petrol variant. This engine, which boasts “Maserati’s signature sound”, will also be offered in the Quattroporte limo. It already features in the Ghibli.

The 350 hp V6 slots under the 430 hp/580 Nm V6 of the Levante S. The Maserati SUV is also available with a 3.0 litre turbodiesel V6 with 275 hp and 600 Nm. Both the Levante diesel and Levante S are on already sale in Malaysia.

With the entry petrol engine, the Levante is good for 0-100 km/h in six seconds flat, which is eight tenths slower than the Levante S but still no slouch. Top speed is 251 km/h. The SUV’s NEDC 2.0 combined fuel consumption range is 8.3 to 8.6 km/l while the C02 emissions range is from 268 to 270 g/km.

Revealed for the UK market at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, the MY19 Levante introduces goodies such as the optional Adaptive Full LED Matrix headlights and now standard Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC), which is already available on the Ghibli and Quattroporte. Rather than simply correcting instability, IVC helps prevent it for better safety and driving dynamics.

“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,” said Mike Biscoe, GM of Maserati GB. The 350 hp Levante starts at £61,425 (RM329,605) in the UK. It might eventually reach our shores as well.

GALLERY: Maserati Levante S GranLusso in Malaysia