2016 Maserati Levante SUV Winter Drive spied – The Maserati Levante is a luxury crossover SUV based on the Kubang concept vehicle that debuted in the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and will be built by Maserati at the Mirafiori factory, in Turin, Italy in 2014.
When it is released, the Levante will feature Maserati’s 3.0L V6 engine, in two states of tune. By 2018, a 560 horsepower V8 will be added. There is an 8-Speed ZF Automatic Transmission from the sixth generation Maserati Quattroporte. The Levante will be four-wheel-drive. The Levante will also gain Maserati Touch Control with a full color 8.1-inch TFT touch screen display, as well as a reconfigurable TFT gauge cluster with full color. (wikipedia)
As with recent test mules, this particular car has been disguised as the existing Maserati Ghibli. However, its true identity as the Levante is easy to pick thanks to the flared wheel arches, raised roof line, increased ride height as well as the beefier wheels and tyres.
The model in question is his first SUV of the company, and it was recently spied in northern Scandinavia, causing its mechanical bits under the hood of Ghibli, suggesting basically, is that it is based on the popular entry level sedan.
We can not compare the Maserati Levante with the Bentley SUV or with the Rolls-Royce SUV but considering the fact that it is most likely based on the Ghibli than we can say that it will go on sale at the Jaguar F-Pace the BMW X3, the Mercedes GLK, the Audi Q5 and other vehicles in this segment. Another idea is that the Italian carmaker to create routes the platform of the Quattroporte the final production version of the Levant, and this could also borrow the architecture of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Maserati Levante is expected that at least three engine choices, be able to get in several stages of the melody, and the gasoline side include a twin-turbo V8 with 560 hp and a twin-turbo V6 with 350 hp or 425 hp, while the diesel will include three V6s, with 250 hp, 275 hp and 340 hp. The Levante will be collected at the Mirafiori plant in Italy, more details about them are limited for the moment. The first bodies are expected to be produced next year. One key point of debate around the new Levante is what platform it will be based on.