Find Out What Happens When Two Italian Automakers Go Head to Head
The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show took place in the City of Angels the final week of November and quickly got the automotive world talking. Two of the most prestigious names in automotive luxury were present for the Los Angeles Auto Show, and for the first time in history, both brands now offer high-end crossover models for those lucky enough to buy one. Before you rush out to purchase one over the other, discover the brief history of each of these new models, and what makes them stand apart from one another. For buyers who want utility, capability, and ultimate class, there are no better options than the Maserati Levante and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
The Maserati Levante was first introduced to this Maserati dealer in NY and around the world earlier this year, and Alfa Romeo is joining in the fun with the all new Stelvio crossover SUV. Both crossovers hail from Italian auto brands that are known worldwide for extravagant luxury, performance, and on road innovation. The Maserati Levante and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio may have just met for the first time in LA, but they are certainly pulling out all the stops in order to claim the luxury crossover throne that has sat vacant for far too long.
Meet The Maserati Levante
Maserati introduced their mid-size luxury crossover SUV to the world at the Geneva Auto Show on March 1, 2016. The luxury automotive brand did not waste any time, and offered U.S. drivers a chance to purchase the Levante in April of the same year. Aside from more mainstream luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, no other high-end premium crossover SUV has been offered. That is, until now. Boasting Maserati’s powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine, the 2017 Levante is as capable as its sportscar counterparts. While the twin-turbocharged engine is impressive, Maserati has plans to roll out the 2018 Levante with a V8 engine capable of producing 560 horsepower. The luxury crossover isn’t just for show and for the track, but is capable of handling any terrain it encounters thanks to its standard four-wheel drive system.
In true Maserati brand fashion, every Levante crossover sold features an interior cabin wrapped in silk by Italian designer Ermenegildo Zegna. The crossover SUV also features the Maserati Touch Control system with a high-definition 8.1-inch touchscreen display, and a full color gauge cluster. As luxurious as it is powerful, the latest addition to the Maserati lineup is sure to turn heads wherever it ends up.
Meet the Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Parked in the next corner is Alfa Romeo’s entrant for a luxury crossover SUV, the all-new 2018 Stelvio. The compact five-door crossover is new to the game, and was introduced for the first time at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The model is so fresh that Alfa Romeo has not yet started production on the Stelvio for buyers to purchase. With plans to begin production by the end of this year, Alfa Romeo intends to offer the Stelvio for sale in the United States in early 2017.
The 2018 Stelvio will feature three different trim level options, including the base Stelvio, the mid-level Stelvio Ti, and the high-end Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Featuring a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the Stelvio produces 276 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. Because this luxury crossover is still so new, Alfa Romeo is keeping other details relatively under the radar. Suffice it to say, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will indeed keep up with its main competitor, the 2018 Maserati Levante.
Head to Head Competition at First Glance
At first glance, the 2018 Maserati Levante features a more mature luxury look than the sportier-styled Alfa Romeo Stelvio. With curvier lines that flow seamlessly together, the Levante lines up perfectly with other models in the Maserati lineup. The Levante offers plenty of chrome accents throughout its exterior, including around the windows, trunk, door handles, and grille. These small, but significant, details add to the crossover’s already obvious level of sophistication and class, which is noticeably lacking on the Stelvio.
The Maserati Levante features a standard engine with 345 horsepower, and an optional upgraded V6 that boasts a 424 horsepower rating. Alfa Romeo includes a standard 280 horsepower on the Stelvio, with an option to upgrade to a 2.9-liter V6 capable of producing a 424 horsepower rating. While the Levante may be lagging behind in the horsepower department for now, the luxury Italian automaker will soon offer a 560 horsepower option that will leave the Stelvio in the dust for good. Until then, both of these luxury crossovers are more than capable of performing as well as buyers have come to expect.
While the Levante may seem like it is losing in the power and performance department to the Stelvio, the Maserati crossover is the clear choice for buyers who crave adventure. As ready for a night on the town as it is to conquer off-road trails, the Maserati Levante is fully capable of heading out on the trails thanks to its advanced four-wheel drive system. By switching the Levante to “off road mode,” the crossover automatically adjusts the engine, transmission, and suspension to better accommodate less forgiving terrain. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio has no such feature, and does not even offer a four-wheel drive option for buyers who may want it.
Until more information regarding the Stelvio is released by Alfa Romeo, it will be impossible to fully compare it to the Maserati Levante. From what we can tell so far, drivers who require a more capable and sophisticated crossover will be more than happy with the Levante. With more exclusive luxury appointments like designer silk upholstery and chrome exterior accents, the Maserati Levante exudes every ounce of automotive perfection and luxury that it was designed to emulate.
To get behind the wheel of a Maserati Levante and feel the sheer power and luxury that only Maserati can offer, come down to Maserati of Albany right here in Albany, NY. The award-winning dealership is your best option for discovering which Levante model is right for you, and we can’t wait to get you behind the wheel of this capable crossover for a test drive.