According to Maserati Australia Chief Operating Officer Glen Sealey, diesel SUV sales in Australia were down 6 percent in January, whilst petrol SUV sales were up 14 percent. The jump can be attributed to the growing popularity of compact crossovers, the majority of which are petrol, along with the bad rep diesel has received due to VW’s diesel scandal and other similar controversies. This change has driven Maserati to consider bringing the petrol-powered V8 Levante to the country, along with the V6 petrol.
“We would need a significantly large proportion [of sales] to be petrol,” Sealey told Motoring.com.au. “That said we think we could have a good penetration [with] petrol, given the history of the brand. We know that our brand typically attracts people who like horsepower.”
The secret here is an air suspension system that jacks the Levante up nice and high, giving you a total of 246mm ground clearance.
Good approach and departure angles and electronic aids such as Hill Descent Control help you get the Maserati SUV into and through rough spots without too much fuss.