If you’re looking for a superior luxury vehicle that has cargo capacity, ample passenger room, and a bit of off-road ability, the new 2017 Maserati Levante and 2017 Jaguar F-Pace are both worth a look. Here are the top features of these two top-of-the-line crossovers.
2017 Maserati Levante
Named for the wind in the western Mediterranean, the Maserati Levante is this Italian carmaker’s pioneer model in the luxury SUV class. The crossover took 13 years to design and launch, and it’s being marketed with some off-road capabilities that you’d likely never want to use considering the price tag.
The base Levante is priced starting at $72,000 and is equipped with a powereful 3.0-liter twin-turbo AWD V-6 345 hp, 8-speed shiftable automatic. The Levante S-model jumps up to a massive 424-hp, but with poor fuel economy of 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.
The Maserati Levante operates at four different drive modes, and early drivers report sharp steering and a road-hugging experience from this powerful SUV. The vehicle’s unique air suspension allow for adjustable ride height, creating differences of up to two-inches.
With its sloping rear lift, the Levante goes for style over cargo room, akin to the BMX X6, and delivers only 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space. The Levante does offer some stunning Italian-designed interior features. The vehicle includes leather seating as well as wood, leather, and chrome trim throughout. Drivers have access to an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, heated seats, and several safety features such as a collision warning system and adaptive cruise control.
2017 Jaguar F-Pace
If a Maserati crossover seems like a pie-in-the-sky dream for the present, your wish for a luxury crossover could bemore easily fulfilled with the new 2017 Jaguar F-Pace. With a starting price of just under $42,000, this appealing new entry into the luxury crossover market is gaining fans at a rapid pace. And with a starting price of $42,000, it competes favorably against other European rivals such as the Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan.
The Jaguar F-Pace base model is a powerful machine that is equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 340 horsepower engine. The F-Pace S adds a supercharger and steps up the power to 380 hp. A diesel may be offer down the road, and is already offered in Europe. The fuel economy of the F-Pace S is more appearing than the Levante, rated at 18-mpg city and 23-mpg highway. A well equipped F-Pace S can easily top $60,000, which gets close to Levante’s starting point.
The F-Pace is both fun to drive and delivers off-road capability with its Adaptive Surface Response. If you’re looking to tow a trailer, the F-Pace has a towing capacity of 5,290 lbs.
Cargo space is important to most crossover drivers, and the F-Pace shines with over 33 cubic feet of trunk space. In a base model Jaguar F-Pace you’ll receive cloth upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, 11-speaker sound system, power liftgate, power seats, and 10.2-inch touchscreen display.
2017 Maserati Levante and 2017 Jaguar F-Pace are both compelling new additions in the luxury crossover class. The F-Pace may have a more enticing entry price but the Levante is for those that want more premium Italian luxury.