The Maserati Levante SUV is Here and it’s Beautiful

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Following an earlier leak, Maserati has released official photos previewing its upcoming Levante SUV.

Set to debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in early March, Maserati has revealed the exterior of its first-ever SUV in the brand’s more than one-hundred-year history. Boasting an aggressive front end, tapered headlights and the Italian automaker’s three iconic air vents on the front wings, the Levante will help complete Maserati’s range of offerings. Currently the company sells the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio models.

SEE ALSO: Maserati Levante Interior Shown in Spy Photos

According to Maserati, the SUV’s chassis “is designed to combine the outstanding on-road performance typical of every Maserati with unrivalled handling even on very low-grip surfaces and an excellent off-road performance and ride.” Like the Bentley Bentayga, it’s highly unlikely Levante owners will be going off-roading with their luxury SUV, but at least it’s capable.

Although the Italian automaker is keeping details close to its heart for the SUV’s debut in a couple of weeks, it did share that the Levante will feature “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission that has been specifically calibrated for the model. Both gasoline and diesel engines will be offered, and we expect details to be announced when the car bows in Switzerland.

It will also be built at the Mirafiori plant in Turin and the first cars have already come off the assembly line. Initial launch is planned for this spring in Europe before heading to other markets worldwide later this year.

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  • doesn’t it look a little like a mazda ………

  • Rickers

    at all… lol

  • Felix James

    I think it looks like the new Infiniti SUVs

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  • Charles Perry

    An Infinity Enclave

  • timothyhood

    There is no way to squint ones eyes to make this look anything like a QX50/60/70.

  • timothyhood

    Better check your browser. I don’t think it’s displaying the same images the rest of us are seeing. The only resemblance to an Enclave is they both have door handles.

  • Charles Perry

    and the signature Buick ports and a few character line ques also resemble the enclave …better check your contacts.

  • Charles Perry

    unless they bought the ports at AutoZone!

  • timothyhood

    LOL, because it has portholes in the fender? Look at this picture taken right from Buick’s web site. Maserati couldn’t have made it look more different and still have it be considered an SUV. Oh, and by the way, the Enclave has no such portholes in the fender! 😀

    http://www.buick.com/content/dam/Buick/north_america/usa/nscwebsite/en/home/models/view_all_vehicles/2016_vehicles/2016_enclave/enclave_mov/01_images/Exterior/2016-buick-enclave-model-overview-exterior-938×528-16BUEN00132_V1.jpg

  • Charles Perry

    dude lighten up its a joke….you’re way too serious

  • Charles Perry

    well obviously you didnt. You may want to remove your stick….
    and yes those are signature Buick Ports…lighten up Billy.

  • timothyhood

    Oh, OK, I got it now. Sorry about that. It’s the *ports* that *aren’t* on the Buick Enclave (or the Verano, or Regal or Cascada or Encore) that make the Levante look so much like it! Those trademark Buick portholes that aren’t on any model except the LaCrosse, and on that model they are in the *hood*. The same portholes that are on *every* other Maserati model currently produced. Now I get the joke!

  • Charles Perry

    there ya go Billy, now you get it! Maserati picked up a tired old design que and ran with it…….very good. You can go back to your coloring book now.

  • timothyhood

    Ha, ha, good one! Your insults feigning as humor leaves us all in stitches! Unfortunately, I must take my coloring books and go home now–I cannot fight an unfair fight. I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

  • Charles Perry

    brilliant and witty retort my good man…I knew I liked you.

  • daf

    It is beautiful, and a Cayenne, right? That’s not going too far out on a limb, is it?