2017 Maserati Levante SUV Officially Revealed, On Sale Later This Year

Nearly five years after Maserati prepared us for their foray into the lucrative SUV market with the 2011 Kubang Concept, the Italians have introduced the production model named the Levante.

The brand’s first ever SUV will have its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March. In the meantime, production of the Levante has already started at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Mirafiori assembly plant in Italy, with sales to begin in Europe this spring, followed by the rest of the world later this year.

The luxury mid-size crossover doesn’t stray far away from the original Kubang study, packing a dramatic snout with a large grille and aggressively styled headlamps, a sporty profile with flowing lines, but also a somewhat nameless rear end styling that mostly stands out through the quad exhaust pipes.

Officially, Maserati is keeping the interior a secret for now, but we caught a glimpse of the cabin from the leaked images earlier today, which reveal a familiar design similar to the Ghibli with plenty of leather covering most surfaces, and a large screen on the center console for the infotainment system.

Likewise, the Italians were mum on the technical specifications, but leaked engine specs confirm the same range as the Ghibli sedan, with two 3.0-liter V6 gasoline units for the Levante 350 and 430, and a 3.0-liter V6 diesel.

According to the spec-sheet, the Levante 350 can manage the 0-100km/h (62mph) in 6.3 seconds and top out at 243km/h (151mph), with the Levante 450 completing the same in 5.2 seconds and reaching 264km/h (164mph). The diesel version is said to tap 100km/h (62mph) from standstill in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 230km/h (143mph).

Maserati stated that 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 low-grip surfaces and an excellent off-road performance and ride.”

All models will come fitted with a “sophisticated” electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs, the firm’s “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive and a specially-calibrated 8-speed automatic transmission, as standard.

Photo Gallery

What’s The Wild, 402 HP Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus Like To Drive?

The Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 powering the rear wheels.

Nissan Xterra Owner Almost Reaches Their Final Destination After Rear-Ending A Logging Truck

The driver escaped with only minor injuries.

Range Rover Set To Launch Its First Electric Vehicle In Late 2021

The model will be a mid-sized crossover that will compete with the Audi E-Tron Sportback and Porsche Macan EV.

Toyota Is Bringing A Solid State Battery-Powered Electric Vehicle At The 2020 Olympics

The e-Palette will become the brand’s first EV to use solid state batteries, which are much more efficient than the ones currently available .

Local News Reporter Jumps On Multiple Vehicles, Damages Others At Sacramento Auto Show

Angel Cardenas was quickly fired following the incident which has sparked outrage.

Toyo Tires Previews Six SEMA Builds Including Models Based On The Supra, Mustang And Bronco

One of the highlights is a twin-turbo Ferrari from Button Built.

Hyundai Unveils Nexo And Sonata Hybrid Land Speed Record Concepts

The models attempted to set new records at the Bonneville Salt Flats last month.

Brabham BT62 To Make Its Racing Debut At Brands Hatch In November

Brabham ultimately wants the BT62 to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2022, although it hasn’t decided yet in which class.

Ferrari 488 Pista Sets Blistering 7:00.03 Nurburgring Time

The 488 Pista was more than 8 seconds faster than a McLaren 720S and less than 2 slower than the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

This 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde V6 Can Help You Earn Your Petrolhead Stripes

Powering this 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde is a rebuilt 3.0-liter V6 engine.