Earlier this month, Maserati confirmed that the facelifted Levante and Quattroporte will debut this summer and now we can show you the brawny 2021 Levante Trofeo undergoing winter testing.
Our photographers spotted this 2021 Levante prototype in northern Sweden wearing no camouflage whatsoever, revealing no exterior changes (more on that later) and an engine upgrade.
Seen here during a fuel stop, the Maserati Levante test vehicle is clearly a range-topping Trofeo model. A tag attached on the windshield revealed the Levante’s identity via powertrain details.
So we learn that this is a 2021MY Levante AWD model powered by a 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engine rated at 590 PS (582 HP). Corroborating this piece of information with the body kit, quad exhausts and uprated brakes, this can only mean we’re looking at the 2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo.
Surprisingly, the facelifted Levante Trofeo gets a larger displacement engine with the same output, ditching the Ferrari-built 590 PS (582 HP) 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the current model. Most likely, that’s related to Maserati’s decision not to renew the current engine supply deal with Ferrari, which is said to expire as early as 2021.
Styling-wise, the prototype looks exactly the same as the current model but that’s only because this particular test vehicle does not feature the exterior updates. Expect some changes to the bumpers, as well as updated taillights when the production version hits dealerships this summer.
More important changes will happen inside, as the entire dashboard is covered with a cloth. Expect a fully-digital instrument cluster and an updated infotainment system, along with other minor enhancements such as new upholstery and trim options.
The 2021MY update for the Maserati Quattroporte and Levante is aimed at keeping the vehicles fresh until the redesigned versions are introduced in 2022 and 2023, respectively. Both facelifted models will enter production in July.