MY 2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo Gets Beefier and Better Looking
At the beginning of 2019, Al Gardner, Maserati’s North American Production CEO, promised to give consumers something new to talk about every four to six months for the next couple of years.
Thus far, the promise has been kept. At the moment, talks about the Maserati Levante Trofeo is all the rage. The mid-cycle facelift of this SUV is not set to debut until next year. Still, when the car was recently spotted during a winter test drive, focus and curiosity shifted to this Maserati and the changes we can see and discuss.
What Does the Current Levante Trofeo Model Offer?
The current Maserati Levante Trofeo is a slick, full-size SUV with a big engine. A Ferrari V8 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine provides its 580 horsepower. The Trofeo accelerates beautifully from 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 309 km/h. It’s an SUV that performs wonderfully, and it’s the company’s most powerful production car. However, Maserati hasn’t sacrificed any of the car’s luxury for its performance. The bonnet is designed with two vents providing better cylinder cooling, and its light aluminum is merged with the carbon fiber elements in the front splitter, side skirts, and bumper. The best combination of components has been used to give this SUV its sporty punch.
So What’s New?
The new Trofeo will probably not be all that different in terms of looks. It seems like the exterior of the SUV has been kept pretty much the same. Only some minor changes might be seen once the SUV is officially debuted. Changes will probably include things like new front bumper and taillights. When the SUV was spotted, changes to the interior couldn’t be identified because the dash and interior were covered, which is a good sign. We are expecting some new features on the dashboard.
Exactly what these changes will be can only be speculated. Still, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced upgrades to its Uconnect system that will roll out globally for all cars in the FCA group. The new Uconnect 5 brings with it several updated programming details as well as the most prominent screen (12.3”) of any FCA product. This upgraded infotainment system will probably bring with it beautifully updated display features on the dash as well.
The engine is the most significant confirmed change, and under the hood of the new Trofeo will be a 4-liter V8 engine that will still deliver the 590 horsepower of the current Trofeo. This engine won’t come from Ferrari. They will no longer provide engines for Maserati. We can only speculate as to the origin of the new engine. It is quite possible that the engine comes from the FCA group and that it’s tuned for this specific model. It is also quite possible that Maserati is working with another third party supplier for their engines. None of these speculations have yet been confirmed. We will have to wait for Maserati to make their official debut and further announcements.
While it seems like the new Maserati Levante Trofeo will still be very similar to the current model, the changes do breathe life into an already fantastic SUV. This facelift is part of Maserati’s plan to refresh its entire lineup by 2022.