The new Maserati Levante SUV will be built in Turin and production will start by the end of next year. According to the latest reports from Automotive News, the new Italian SUV will be built in Europe in order to end losses in the region. An investment will also be made and Fiat will spend less than 1 billion euros at Mirafiori plant.
The investment will start immediately at the factory in exchange for layoffs. Regarding the Levante SUV, this will be inspired by the Kubang Concept that was shown back in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and represents an important step in boost Maserati sales to 50,000 units in 2015.
Moreover, Maserati will use the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, while under the hood there will be a big V8 engine developed by Ferrari. Maserati Levante will take on cars such as the Porsche Cayenne or the upcoming Bentley SUV.
Maserati Levante showcases the Maserati DNA with pride, standing out amongst its competitors with its imposing grille inspired by the sensational Alfieri concept – a signature feature that will be made available on all Maserati cars starting now.
Even from a distance, the Maserti Levante screams Maserati everywhere you look – the distinctive and attractive Italian style of the muscular shape of its rear haunches definitely gives it away.
Paying homage to historical Maserati models such as the Tipo 60 Birdcage is the Levante’s signature concave grille. The flow of its front wings accentuates the grille, emphasizing the shape of its engine compartment lid, while running into the headlight surrounds up front. Also, Bi-Xenon and LED technology headlights and the Trident symbol converge towards the center of the grille.
Its coupe look results from the silhouette that runs through the feline-inspired headlights, along the side of the car, and towards the characteristic Maserati rear pillar and is further enhanced by its frameless doors featured on every modern Maserati.
The rear pillar features a characteristic “Saetta” logo – which was first featured on the iconic Quattroporte in 1963 – and is more refined, seamlessly following the shape of its side windows.
Its side profile features a swaged line that runs through the entire length of the Levante – starting from its signature side vents up front, fading towards the rear wing – giving more depth (and definition) to its muscular shape as well as highlighting the vehicle’s strength from within.