The wait is over. Recently the Italian carmaker, Maserati just unveiled its first ever SUV, Levante. Yes, after nearly five years preparing the production-spec of its SUV, now Maserati is ready to plunge to luxury SUV segment. Levante will compete with Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.
For the exterior design, Maserati’s designers took inspiration from Kubang Concept that made its debut at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but there are changes in some parts. At the front, Maserati redesigned the headlights so it’s looked aggressive. Furthermore, the car company also adds fog lights right under the headlights, and new air dam. But Maserati keeps the big grille with a giant Trident logo.
From side, we can see that 2017 Levante comes up with rounded lines just like current SUVs. Interestingly (or unfortunately, maybe) it causes the luxury SUV looks like an Infiniti FX. What a pity! Meanwhile, at the rear Maserati serves an elegant design. It features LED taillights that unfortunately look like combination between Infiniti EX taillights and Porsche Cayenne rear lights (at a glance). The quad-exhaust is a must thing in Maserati line-up which will make the SUV gets a more sporty look. Overall, Maserati Levante looks good and surprisingly less-boxy because it shares platform with latest Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
For the interior, Maserati hasn’t released the official photos yet. I expect the company will release the cabin pictures when 2016 Geneva Motor Show open. And there’s no information about engine line-up. But according to Carscoops, the Levante will have V6 3.0 liter gasoline for 350 and 430 model. And there will be a diesel option with a V6 3.0 liter. All the engines are reported to be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Maserati said that Levante’s chassis was 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. And for off-road needs, Maserati immerses Q4 intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
2017 Maserati Levante will go on sale this spring for European market. Meanwhile for the rest of the world is later this year.
Text: Andhika Pradityo