The Maserati Levante SUV is Here and It's Beautiful

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Charles Perry Charles Perry on Feb 25, 2016

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

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    • Charles Perry Charles Perry on Feb 25, 2016

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

  • Daf Daf on Mar 10, 2016

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