IN the days before modern technology, talented artisans fashioned objects of great beauty with basic tools and bare hands. Today the tradition continues as Maserati teams up with Italian tailor Ermenegildo Zegna to create a limited edition Levante SUV.
Just seven of the Maserati Levante Zegna editions will make it to Australia, set to arrive here in December of this year, in a special edition model that embodies the finest craftsmanship possible.
The partnership between the two Italian companies has previously created bespoke interiors for the Ghibli and Quattroporte models, and now it’s the turn of the Levante, which for the first time features Pelletessuta woven leather.
Like a fine, made-to-measure suit, Pelletessuta was developed through the pioneering research of the Ermenegildo Zegna Style Centre and Maserati.
The three-dimensional woven strips of leather create a tactile surface, restoring light and texture and adapting to the sinuous surface of the Levante dashboard, sports seats and door panels.
Matched with a black Pieno Fiore interior, it delivers exceptional levels of luxury and craftsmanship for which Maserati is known the world over.
Based on the petrol V6 Levante GranSport, the Levante Zegna Edition also adds a unique Bronzo exterior tri-coat paint and Zegna badging on its B-pillars, 21-inch Helios alloy wheels, and subtle black brake calipers.
Inside, there’s a powerful Bowers & Wilkins audio system, a driver assistance package that includes autonomous braking and adaptive cruise control, and the Maserati Trident sitting proud on the headrests.
“The Levante Zegna Edition is proof that attention to detail and visionary innovation can create beautiful design,” says Glen Sealey, Chief Operating Officer, Maserati Australia and New Zealand.
“Through the longstanding partnership between Zegna and Maserati, we are the only automotive company to bring this ground-breaking Pelletessuta interior to market, and we’re delighted to have secured just seven of these models from such a limited global run.”
The Maserati Levante Zegna Edition arrives in Australia in the coming weeks, and will be priced at $170,000 plus on-roads.
Inside the 2019 Maserati Levante Zegna edition (overseas model shown)