Maserati has been caught testing the upcoming Levante Trofeo facelift for the first time.
2020 will be a defining year for Maserati. Production of the long-awaited Maserati Alfieri will finally begin this year, a Tesla Roadster-rivaling electric supercar capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in under two seconds. Maserati is also preparing a new SUV to slot below the Levante. But that doesn't mean Maserati is neglecting its current models.
The new Maserati Ghibli will launch this year as the company's first hybrid model, while the next-generation Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio will enter production in 2021 with fully electric powertrains.
After launching for the 2017 model year, the Maserati Levante is also getting a refresh as part of a mid-cycle facelift to hopefully improve its lackluster sales. Our spies have caught the updated Levante Trofeo undergoing cold-weather changes, and while there are no noticeable exterior changes, big changes can be found under the hood.
The current Maserati Levante is available with a 3.8-liter V8 that produces 550 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque in the GTS and 590 hp and 538 lb-ft in the range-topping Trofeo. This setup enables the luxury SUV to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds before topping out at 187 mph.
A sticker on the prototype's windshield confirms the upcoming Levante Trofeo's V8 will have a larger 4.0-liter displacement but deliver the same 590 horsepower output, which could be the result of Ferrari no longer building engines for Maserati from 2021.
Elsewhere, the dashboard and interior are completely covered up, suggesting the cabin will also get some big changes. Our sources suggest the facelifted Levante Trofeo will be upgraded with a fully digital instrument cluster and an updated infotainment system. The exterior will also likely get some minor updates as development continues such as changes to the front bumper and taillights, while still sporting an aggressive body and a quad exhaust system. Maserati has confirmed the new Levante facelift will debut this summer along with the refreshed Quattroporte.