Maserati’s hoping to revive sales with the launch of the Kubang concept-based Levante crossover. Speaking at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, Christian Gobber, CEO of Maserati North America, said that the Levante crossover will arrive in U.S. dealerships late in Q2 2016, as per a report from Automotive News. Like the concept model (2011), the series model is also expected to debut at the (2015) Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September.
In Europe, the left-hand drive version of the crossover will go on sale in late 2015, while the right-hand drive version will go on sale in early 2016, suggested an earlier report from Autocar. The reason behind the late arrival in the U.S. would probably be tailoring the crossover for the North American market’s needs. According to this report, the luxury crossover will feature an iteration of the ‘Q4’ intelligent AWD seen on the new Ghibli and Quattroporte, and borrow electronics from Chrysler and Jeep. Also reported is that there will be three engine options for the CUV – 410 bhp twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol V6, 530 bhp twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 and a 271 bhp 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel, all mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
As reported several times, the company’s biggest concerns prior to the launch of the new model is building awareness about the brand – something more than that Ferrari is its sister brand, and expanding dealership networks globally, especially in key markets like Europe, the U.S. and China.
Maserati Kubang Concept – Image Gallery
Source 1: Automotive News
Source 2: Autocar