Maserati plans to begin production of its upcoming luxury SUV, called the Levante, sometime in 2015 according to Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.
“We are getting Mirafiori ready for production, the first bodies are expected for 2015,” Sergio Marchionne told reporters on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show. Originally it was thought that the Levante would be built in the US, but it seems Marchionne has other plans, confirming that it will be produced at the company’s Mirafiori plant in Italy.
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Engine options will include a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 410 hp and a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 530 hp. The European market will also be offered a diesel option, while all of the motors are expected to be hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Marchionne also let slip projected production dates for a two-door coupe model that was previewed by the Alfieri Concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show. “The platforms and motors are there, technically production could start in 24-28 months,” he said.
Maserati sold roughly 7,000 units last year, but the brand is aiming to increase its volume to as much as 50,000 by introducing new, mainstream models which started with the Ghibli sedan.
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[Source: Automotive News]
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