The Maserati Levante’s exterior has been revealed in a set of patent images published by AutoGuide.com. Previewed by the Kubang concept at the International Motor Show (IAA) in September 2011, the Levante will be the brand’s first production crossover.
The patent images show that the production version will be nearly identical to the concept. Of course, there will be some changes as the Kubang concept was a design of 2011 and the Levante will be a design for 2015 and beyond.
The front fascia has been restyled with a new generation look which most likely should pass on to future Maseratis. The headlamps are now more angular and while the concept didn’t feature fog lamps, the production version will have circular fog lamps right below the headlamps. The hood, lower grille, air inlets and the front bumper have also be retouched. The roof is now less tapered towards the rear.
At the back, the taillamps have been redesigned and extend towards the quarter panels. The rear bumper is also restyled to house circular dual exhaust pipes that replace the trapezoidal-shaped pipes of the concept. When seen from the side, it appears that the roof-mounted rear spoiler is wider than that of the concept.
According to a recent report, the Levante will debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show to be held in January, and be initially offered with V6 and V8 engines, with one diesel unit and two Ferrari petrol units. The V6 diesel engine will have an output of 350 hp, the base V6 petrol engine will have an output of 450 hp, while the top-end V8 petrol engine will have an output of 580 hp, as per this report.
Several reports from the past few months also indicate that a plug-in hybrid version will be launched, in H2 2017. The Italian car maker’s first crossover will be manufactured at the FCA Group’s Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy.
2016 Maserati Levante – Image Gallery [Patent Images]
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