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Wrap party for the 2016 Thrift Studio benefitted Dwell with Dignity


Park Place Premier Collection revealed the new Maserati Levante SUV at the Lemmon Avenue dealership recently.

More than 400 Maserati enthusiasts joined Park Place Dealerships, Harwood International and Blue Ciel for the reveal and the wrap party for the
2016 Thrift Studio, benefiting Dwell with Dignity, whose mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time.
 
Harwood Catering’s Saint Ann Restaurant and Mercat Bistro provided sumptuous Italian fare with lively libations by Solerno Liquer, Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, Peroni Beer, LeMarca Prosecco and Peiropan and Gabbiano Wines.

The Levante starts at $72,000 MSRP with a 3.0 liter,
twin-turbo V-6 offering 345 horsepower and an 8-speed gearbox to propel this stylish crossover from 0-to-60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Or step into the S model for about $82,000 with a 424 hp turbocharged V-6 to go from 0-to-60 in about 5 seconds. Built in Italy, the new twin-turbo engines were designed by Maserati and built by Ferrari. Producing the trademark Maserati growl, the beefy note is even more pronounced when you switch to sport mode. It just might be enough to move you to the front of the carpool line.  Or, at the very least, this beautiful beast will command respect and turn heads.
 
While the most challenging terrain most Dallas drivers will face is rush hour on the Tollway, the Levante comes standard with Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel drive with standard air shocks and electronically controlled dampers. A computerized clutch engages the drive to the front axle when needed. The Levante also allows you to change the height of the vehicle and the stiffness of the suspension to comfortably handle any terrain. The Levante can operate at five different ride heights, plus a sixth for park. There are four selectable drive modes -- normal, sport, off-road and ICE -- managing three basic control groups together: engine map, boost and transmission; air springs and dampers; AWD and stability control.

While the luxury SUV may be a beast underneath, the Levante is pure beauty inside with the finest Italian leather and hand-stitching throughout the cabin. An 8.4-inch touchscreen controls all media and audio including a Bowers & Wilkins audio upgrade, which will push 1280 watts of sound through 17 speakers. Passive and active safety systems are top of the line, including adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking and steering intervention. However, the Levante still offers conventional hydraulic steering, true to Maserati’s commitment to optimum handling.

Maserati’s first SUV has reportedly been tested more than any previous Maserati, starting with 1.7 million road miles on four continents and New Zealand.

Located at 5300 Lemmon Avenue near Love Field, Park Place Premier Collection features Park Place Maserati, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas, Bentley Dallas and McLaren Dallas showrooms.

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Infiniti, Volvo, smart, Jaguar, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more information about Park Place Dealerships, visit parkplace.com.