Maserati’s updated model year 2019 Levante is now available in Malaysia. The MY19 SUV is offered by Naza Italia as a petrol-powered Maserati Levante S in GranSport and GranLusso trims.

MY19 improvements include the adoption of a redesigned shift lever with shorter travel and improved operation (dual-lane shift pattern and new P button).

With the new gearshift lever, the adjacent drive mode cluster is made more user-friendly, Maserati claims. The M button is no more, and the Off-Road mode button has taken its place. This leaves space for two separate buttons – instead of one – for the selection of the Sport driving mode and the Skyhook suspension sport setting. The selectable modes are Off-Road, I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency) and Sport.

The MY19 Levante’s infotainment system has been mildly tweaked with improved graphics and more user-friendly climate control functions. The button that deactivates Start-Stop can now be dragged and dropped on the main screen for easy access. The electric tilt and slide panoramic sunroof is standard on all Naza Italia-specced cars.

The GranSport trim gets new front and rear bumpers inspired by the Levante GTS and Trofeo. For the Malaysian market, the Levante S sports 21-inch Helios wheels and “High Gloss Metal Weave” interior trim. The sporty trim level’s exterior also comes with front and rear Black Piano inserts, GranSport badges on the front fenders and red brake calipers.

The luxury GranLusso trim gets chrome inserts on the face, chrome front/rear skid plates, a body colour rear spoiler, silver-painted brake calipers and GranLusso badges on the fenders.

GranLusso also offers the choice of full premium Italian leather, Pieno Fiore natural leather or Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery. It includes 12-way powered front seats with memory, a Bowers and Wilkins Surround Sound System, illuminated doorsills, parking sensors, navigation and soft closing doors.

The powertrain is untouched, which means there’s a 430 hp/580 Nm 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 manufactured by Ferrari under the hood, mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. 0 to 100 km/h is done in 5.2 seconds and top speed is 264 km/h.

One can choose from 11 colours, including a new tri-coat Blu Nobile with sparkling glass flakes. The recently introduced Nerissimo package combines black elements (front grille, skid plates, daylight opening and door mirrors) with dark tail lights and exhaust tips.

The 2019 Maserati Levante S starts from RM788,800. Buying from Naza Italia gets you three years of standard warranty coverage with no mileage restriction plus a Maserati Premium Service Plus package of three years or 60,000 km.

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