The upcoming Maserati Levante has been spied wearing a production body in Bologna, Italy, courtesy of autoblog.it reader Nicholas James. The brand’s first-ever production crossover is currently in the final stages of testing and will have its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The Levante will ride on a modified version of the same rear-wheel drive platform underpinning the Maserati Ghibli and the Maserati Quattroporte. Reports say that developing the crossover using its own platform rather than Jeep’s resulted in the prolonged delay, but the wait will be worth it as its quality will be as good as any other Maserati – way higher than a typical Jeep.
Harald Wester, CEO, Maserati, has said that the Levante would be “different in every way” from the Kubang concept.
The Maserati Levante, reports say, will be offered with 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 and 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engines, as well as a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine. The crossover body style and availability of a diesel engine option should significantly increase sales in Europe. A plug-in hybrid powertrain would also be offered from late 2017 or early 2018.
The Maserati Levante is expected to go on sale in first markets in H1 2016. Its sales in the U.S., Canada and other markets outside Europe should commence in H2 2016.
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