MODENA: The long-awaited Maserati SUV has been revealed ahead of its world debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The company on Friday showed off the exterior form of the Levante, the first SUV in the brand's more than 100-year history.
The Levante features an aggressive front with new, tapered headlights separated into two elements, with the upper headlight unit connected to the radiator grille.
Maserati's design signature is visible on the sides: the three iconic air vents on the front wings, the trapezoidal C-pillar with the “Saetta” logo and the large, frameless door windows. The rear is dominated by a tapered back window and streamlined shape.
Maserati claims the Levante's chassis is designed to combine the on-road performance of its road cars and the handling and grip for off-road performance.
The new SUV boasts a high level of content as standard, with all versions featuring : electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs, which can be set on several levels, “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission calibrated for the SUV.
The Levante is equipped with petrol and diesel engines that are all Euro6-compliant.
The Levante is built at the Mirafiori plant in Turin; the first cars have already come off the assembly line with the launch planned for this spring in Europe, to be followed by the rest of the world later this year.
The new model completes the existing range of sedan and sports cars, which includes the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio models.