The Italian brand’s first sport-utility vehicle will make its world debut at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show next week, and will enter a hotly contested segment that also includes another newcomer, the Jaguar F-PACE. However, we knew this SUV would eventually appear, as the manufacturer presented a concept back in 2011 called the Kubang.
No specific dimensions have yet been published, but the 2017 Maserati Levante will boast an aggressive shape that blends right in with the company’s other products. Although it shares a strong family resemblance with its wide-mouth grille and protruding hips, the SUV gets a few styling cues of its own.
The Levante will likely be equipped with Maserati’s existing powertrains, which means the Ghibli’s 404-hp, twin-turbo V6 or the Quattroporte’s 523-hp, twin-turbo V8. Probably both. An eight-speed automatic transmission and a Q4 all-wheel drivetrain will be standard fare, in addition to a suspension with adjustable dampers and air springs.
Production of the 2017 Maserati Levante is already under way, and the new SUV will turn up in European dealerships this spring before exported to other markets later this year.