Muscat: Maserati reveals the exterior form of the Levante, the first SUV (sports utility vehicle) in the brand’s more than 100-year history. The new model completes the existing range of saloon and sports cars, extending the offering together with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio models.
The Levante will be officially unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show next month.
The design of the Levante features clear associations with the Maserati brand and its distinctive Italian character the aggressive front introduces new, tapered headlights separated into two elements, with the upper headlight unit connected to the radiator grille.
Maserati's design signature is clearly visible on the sides the three iconic air vents on the front wings, the trapezoidal Cpillar with the ‘Saetta’ logo and the large, frameless door windows. The rear is dominated by the tapered back window and streamlined shape, both typical of a high performance sports car.
At a technical level, the Levante’s chassis is designed to combine the outstanding on road performance typical of every Maserati with unrivalled handling even on very lowgrip surfaces and an excellent offroad performance and ride.
The new SUV boasts of a high level of content as standard, with all versions featuring sophisticated electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs, which can be set on several levels, ‘Q4’ intelligent all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission specially calibrated for the brand's new SUV.
When it comes to power units, the Levante is equipped with both petrol and diesel engines that are all Euro6compliant.
The Maserati Levante is built at the Mirafiori plant in Turin the first cars have already come off the assembly line with the launch planned for this spring in Europe, to be followed by the rest of the world later this year.