Maserati's high-performance crossover has officially arrived in the country. Called the Levante, Maserati claimed that it will deliver best-in-class on road and off road handling, along with distinct Italian comfort.

It is the automaker's first crossover in its 102-year history and is named after the warm Mediterranean wind that can change from mild to gale force winds in an instant.

Rear of the 2017 Maserati Levante

“The Levante is like a new wind that is exciting to the local SUV market. The exclusivity it offers, and the Maserati performance it guarantees, has attracted both young and old aficionados,” said Wellington Soong, chair and president of Maserati Philippines.

According to the automaker, the Levante is made from a combination of lightweight materials and has 50:50 weight distribution. Maserati even went on to say it has the lowest center of gravity in its class.

Inside the 2017 Maserati Levante

The overall design of the Levante follow's Maserati's current design philsophy. Based off the Ghibli platform, the Levante features similar style designs like the sleek roofline, prominent front end with the signature trident logo and the distinct beltline which gives the crossover a 'coke-bottle' shape towards the rear end. Both the diesel and gasoline-powered models get multi-spoke alloy wheels, with the latter wrapped in low-profile Pirelli P Zero tires.

Fine leather blankets the interior of the 2017 Levante and can be seen on the seats, door cards, dashboard and other trim. Meanwhile, suede-like material was applied on the headlining. In terms of features, the Levante has the company's latest Human Machine Interface (HMI) and comes with an 8.4-inch capacitive touch screen display and a rotary control.

The matching golf bag available in the 2017 Levante

Aside from the usual AM/FM radio, DVD, Bluetooth and Aux support, the Levante is also capable of supporting DAB digital radio. It even has a network connection option via the AHA function dialogues which extends the user's wireless mobile device to access online serviecs like radio stations, programs, etc.

The luggage set available for the 2017 Levante

Other extras available for the Levante include a matching golf bag and luggage sets.

Under the hood, the 2017 Levante is driven by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and is available in gasoline or diesel power. The former can be had in two output ratings; 430 PS and 350 PS. The top-of-the-range engine can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds while the mid-range motor can do it in 6 seconds. Top speed is rated at 264 km/h and 251 km/h accordingly.

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo gasoline V6

The twin-turbo diesel, on the other hand generates 275 PS and has a 0 – 100 km/h time of 6.9 seconds. Its top speed is at a respectable 230 km/h.

The twin-turbo 3.0-liter diesel V6

Safety features that come as standard on the Levante include: adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, forward collision warning, brake assist system, lane departure warning and surround view camera.

The Maserati Levante together with the Soong family

Prices of the 2017 Maserati Levante are available upon application.