Meet Levante, Maserati’s First Ever SUV

 |  |  |  |  February 20, 2016

by Chad Kirchner
Meet Levante, Maserati’s First Ever SUV

When Porsche announced that they were going to be making a SUV, the enthusiast world went nuts. Why would a company that makes 911s want to dilute the brand by building mall crawlers? The reason, of course, is obvious. Money. To be viable in the ever-changing automotive landscape, you must offer a SUV. That’s why we have the first official pictures of Maserati’s SUV.

Maserati Levante_2

Called the Levante, details of the first SUV in the company’s 100 year history are pretty scant. We know that the new Levante will have standard continuously-controlled dampers and air suspension. They will also have the company’s Q4 all-wheel drive system. Finally, they’ll have an 8-speed automatic transmission that is calibrated specifically for the Levante.

Maserati Levante_3

We don’t know any details about engine options, but the supercharged V6 from the Ghibli will probably be available, along with possibly a V8. A diesel engine is most-likely in other parts of the world, but with the recent Volkswagen diesel scandal, it’s unclear whether Maserati would offer a diesel in the Levante here in the States.

Maserati Levante_4

It actually looks pretty charming, especially compared to the radical design of the Bentley Bentayga SUV. The Levante looks like a Maserati, just bigger and more spacious.

Pricing is also unknown, but the Ghibli S Q4 starts at a bit under $80,000. They’re already rolling off the assembly line for a launch in Europe, and will hit the rest of the world later this year.

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