Since 1914, Maserati has impressed drivers with its automotive fashion, elegance and sporty profiles. The Italian motor company’s MY19 or 2019 line-up looks set to take craftsmanship and refinement to new heights thanks to enhancements revealed for the Ghibli, Levante and Quattroporte ranges. For more on Maserati, here’s how you can become a rally driver with Master Maserati Driving Courses.
2019 Maserati Ghibli
Maserati’s 2019 Ghibli receives new colours and alloy wheels, along with an 8-speed automatic gearshift that’s redesigned for shorter travel and improved operation. Ghibli’s new design also improves aerodynamic efficiency reducing drag by 7%.
Powered by a 350hp twin turbo V6 engine designed and manufactured in collaboration with Ferrari, the new Ghibli is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 267 km/h. The Ghibli S model is upgraded to a 430hp engine that propels the vehicle from 0 to 100 in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 286 km/h. Fuel-conscious drivers can request a 275hp V6 diesel engine with a top speed of 250 km/h capable of reaching 100km/h in 6.3 seconds. It’s not as quick as the others but saves around 4 litres of fuel per 100km.
Two trim options are available: GranLusso and GranSport. Lovers of luxury will opt for GranLusso as it offers chrome inserts, large 19-inch Poseidone alloy wheels complete with visible black brake calipers, Ermenegildo Zegna silk and leather interiors, soft close doors and a Harman Kardon Premium Sound system with 10 speakers and a 900W amplifier.
Ghibli GranSport presents a sportier design recognised for its Black Piano inserts on the front bumper, body-colour side skirts, red brake calipers and 20-inch machine-polished Urano alloy wheels. The interior transmits a sense of passion through 12-way power sport leather front seats with integrated anti-whiplash headrests, the sport steering wheel fitted with aluminium gearshift paddles, and the Inox sport pedals. The dashboard’s wood trim is also finished in high-gloss Black Piano.
Both trims feature a high resolution 8.4-inch screen with a multi-touch function that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The smartphone mirroring functions gives users full control of almost all onboard equipment using a paired phone, including the radio and optional nav system. The touch display is upgraded in 2019 with improved graphics and Climate Control ergonomics.
Both GranLusso and GranSport trims also feature Adaptive Full LED Matrix headlights as standard. LED technology offers 20% better visibility, 32% cooler light and headlights with double life expectancy. The Adaptive Full LED Matrix headlights illuminate the road as far as 195 metres ahead. A front camera supports the Matrix-adaptive High Beam creating light ‘tunnels’ by deactivating individual LEDs in the relevant zone, ‘cutting out’ the area around the vehicles and allowing Ghibli drivers to keep high beam on, without dazzling oncoming drivers.
2019 Maserati Levante
Maserati installed an upgraded version of its powerful Twin Turbo V8 engine under the bonnet of select Levantes to deliver what it describes as “two of the fastest SUVs ever built.”
The V8 engine is an evolution of the powertrain fitted in the Quattroporte GTS. It’s the same 3.8-litre capacity and the V900 architecture but re-engineered and significantly upgraded to deliver higher power – From 550hp in the Levante GTS to 590hp in the Levante Trofeo. It takes 4.2 seconds for the Levante GTS to accelerate from 0-100 km/h while the Levante Trofeo needs only 3.9 seconds for the same sprint. Top speed is respectively 292 km/h and 304 km/h.
A 275hp 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel is also available. Utilising its Auto Start & Stop system can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 6%. There are also other benefits to the turbo diesel such as better cold-start behaviour, quicker boost time and significant torque improvements.
Levante’s design combines exceptional aerodynamic efficiency, coupé lines with a muscular rear and the interior space for five people. The Maserati of SUVs is instantly recognisable from a distance, thanks to its imposing grille, which was inspired by the sensational Alfieri concept but also pays homage to the historic Tipo 60 Birdcage.
Like the Ghibli, Levante’s interior is focused on luxury or sportiness, respective to the GranLusso and GranSport trims. The cabin is spacious, with the dashboard based around an 8.4-inch display. The same one as the 2019 Ghibli.
The central console neatly accommodates a new gearshift lever and a revised button cluster for the driving modes, the original double rotary knob for essential infotainment functions and the air suspension height setup switch.
The Levante Trofeo’s new Corsa driving mode provides faster gear shifting, lower air suspension height levels, sportier Skyhook damping and optimised Intelligent Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive settings. The all-wheel-drive system delivers a typical Maserati rear-wheel drive experience, even in low-grip road conditions. It acts on demand by transferring traction to the front wheels with an immediate response.
The standard power tailgate opens and closes automatically without any physical requirements. The system’s unique anti-pitching function immediately stops the closing procedure when an obstacle is detected. The luggage compartment has a versatile load space of 580 litres. There is a 12V power socket in the luggage area plus three more sockets in the cabin. Expect the same Adaptive Full LED Matrix headlights and camera as the 2019 Ghibli.
The Levante has been subjected to a long and rigorous programme of reliability tests, covering millions of kilometres. Extreme hot climate tests were carried out in South Africa and the deserts of the United Arab Emirates. Extreme cold-climate tests were executed in Lapland and New Zealand. High mileage reliability tests were carried out in Nevada and Russia. It’s the same luxury and power you would expect from Maserati, although it also excels off-road.
2019 Maserati Quattroporte
Quattroporte embraces the virtues of elegance and athletic attitude. The powerful nose is sculpted around the Alfieri-shaped imposing three-dimensional grille, featuring vertical chrome rib elements. The GTS version is identified by its twin, integrated dual pipe exhaust system in chrome-plated stainless steel, while the V6 and diesel models use twin, oval, dual exhaust pipes.
The signature grille is a functional element of the car’s active aerodynamics, integrating an air shutter between the vents and the radiator. The electrically-adjustable device provides optimal control of the engine temperature, reducing drag and improving fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The top-of-the-range Quattroporte GTS boasts a 3.8-litre V8 engine while it’s a 3.0-litre V6 for the Quattroporte, Quattroporte S and S Q4 versions. Both engines are twin-turbocharged, developed by Maserati in collaboration with Ferrari.
The flagship 3.8-litre V8 engine produces 530hp at 6,800 rpm. Peak torque can be automatically over-boosted. These engine figures help the Quattroporte GTS reach 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 310 km/h.
The Quattroporte S and S Q4 3.0-litre Twin Turbo V6 engines deliver 430hp, capable of accelerating the vehicle to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds while the Quattroporte S accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds. Maximum speed is 288 km/h for both versions. The Quattroporte S Q4 achieves 11.9 litres/100 km of fuel consumption. The 350hp Quattroporte retains Maserati’s sporty character: it accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 270 km/h while achieving 11.2 litres/100 km.
The Quattroporte Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, up to a maximum speed of 252 km/h. Thanks to Active Sound technology, the Quattroporte Diesel exhaust produces a characteristic Maserati sound similar to the V8 petrol engine. Quattroporte Diesel also comes with the benefits of lower emissions and lower fuel consumption. Just 7.3 litres/100 km.
Like the other Maserati’s, Quattroporte can be enhanced through GranLusso and GranSport trims, along with the recently introduced Nerissimo package. This package adopts dark tail lights, body-colour door handles and new 21-inch wheels with a dark finish. Details such as the grille’s upper bezel trim, the rear trunk accent, the side air vents, the trident on the grille and all Maserati badges and logos are presented in Black Chrome.
Expect Adaptive full LED headlights with front camera support and the newly configured eight-speed ZF automatic transmission on all versions of the Quattroporte.
While we focused on performance and design, each Maserati is of course, also equipped with a wide array of top-of-the-line safety and luxury features, along with a large selection of personalisation options such as new leathers, sound systems and new exterior colours. You can find out more about these and a price for each vehicle when they arrive in Australia during the first half of 2019. In the meantime, see what happeneed when we tested Maserati’s 2018 line-up driving up to Pretty Beach.