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.
Officially debuting during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Levante marks an important point in the history of Maserati. Through this model, the brand will be able to become part of the world’s largest luxury segment. Without question, the Levante plays a big role in creating what may be the Trident’s most complete product range.
The design of the brand’s latest offering is both striking and unique. It is easy to see that it incorporates many visual elements that are clearly coming from the Italian style. With its design, the Levante is able to introduce to the SUV a new concept. That is, a model having coupé lines combined with generous space. With a coefficient of drag at 0.31, it’s likely the segment’s best when it comes to aerodynamic efficiency. The Levante utilizes an evolved version of the saloon architecture, a platform that was exclusively designed by Maserati.
A good example of this would be the chassis. This feature was developed specifically to deliver on-road drivability that is truly unique. It also offers off-road capability that is competitive while offering practicality and comfort on a daily basis. In creating this premium Italian SUV, the brand focused on three main pillars which are Design, Exclusivity, and Performance.
There is no doubt that the Levante is a good example of a model that mixed all these three aspects in an optimum manner. For those wondering, the name itself was taken from a warm wind in the Mediterranean, one that can easily change instantly from being mild to one that exhibits the force of a gale. This is a quality that was present in the first SUV manufactured by Maserati.
When it comes to the exclusivity of this particular, it is mainly due to technical features equipped as standard like the Q4 AWD system and the Air Suspension. Maserati will also be offering customization to a high level with two advanced packages dubbed as Luxury and Sport. Because of this, the driving experience being offered by the Levante is as unique as the brand and the customers themselves.