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PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante GTS

Maserati’s full-size luxury performance SUV was first unveiled as the Kubang concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The production model was then officially unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show in March. When it finally broke cover, the details were impressive – the exterior was pure Italian premium goodness, the cabin was opulent and well appointed, and a good dose of adrenaline was waiting under the hood. However, it’s looking like an even more exciting Levante is just over the horizon, and we think it’ll have a meaner look, more driver’s goodies inside, and two additional turbocharged cylinders.

So where would we get a crazy idea like that? Well, back in April, Autoblog asked Maserati if it could fit its top-spec 523-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, the same powerplant it shoehorned into the Quattroporte GTS, into its first-ever SUV. The answer was an unequivocal “yes.” What’s more, Davide Danesin, the head of Maserati vehicle programs, reported that the Trident already had a prototype of the combo in hand, leading high-performance SUV enthusiasts everywhere to begin salivating uncontrollably. And while it’s still possible Maserati will axe the project outright, odds are a Levante GTS will become a thing sooner or later.

In anticipation of that day, we created the following rendering and speculative review.

Updated 10/06/2017: The upcoming Maserati Levante GTS was caught testing for the first time in the sunny and hot parts of Europe.

Continue reading to learn more about the Maserati Levante GTS.

Spy Shots

October 6, 2017 – Maserati Levante GTS caught testing in the sunny and hot parts of Europe


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Exterior


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To help it stand out from the standard Levante, the GTS model gets a selection of unique styling additions. The most noticeable difference is the front fascia, where we find a lower intake that is widened and extended, unlike the bisected lower intake on the standard model. This lower intake receives a honeycomb grille insert, which is finished in glossy black, a nice offset to the exterior body panels. Above the widely grinning lower grille are two fog lights that are deeply set into the bumper, almost like dimples. Near the ground, we find an extended front splitter, most likely made from a composite material.

The characteristic Trident badge is front and center in the upper intake, bookended on either side by four slates finished in a dark coloration. A single chrome strip runs along the topmost edge of the grille, leading the eye into LED daytime running lights in the front projectors.

“The look is much more assertive, trading roundness for sharp edges and adding a good amount of GT-inspired aggression.”

These features set the right angle to give the Levante GTS an aggressive, forward-leaning demeanor. Higher up are hood lines that give the front end a sharp, pointed look.

Moving to the profile, we find a trio of the trademark Maserati fender vents. Beyond these are revised side-view mirrors, which are sharper and smaller, coming to an almost blade-like tip. The mirror cap finish is black, a color that’s repeated in the side skirt extensions at the bottom. The window surrounds are made from polished chrome.

In back, there’s a trailing edge roof spoiler, while below the hatch, there are quad exhaust tips set in a carbon fiber diffuser that gets the Levante just a little closer to the ground.

Overall, the look is much more assertive, trading roundness for sharp edges and adding a good amount of GT-inspired aggression. But it’s not all for looks – the aerodynamic enhancements become necessary on a vehicle with this much potential, as downforce becomes an issue that can’t be ignored when you’re pushing more than 500 horsepower.

Interior


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Note: Interior from Standard 2016 Levante shown here.

We didn’t render the Levante GTS’ interior space, but it isn’t too hard to imagine what it’ll bring to the table should it hit production.

First off, expect opulence and luxury at every turn. Sumptuous leather upholstery, wood trim, aluminum control bits, and an Alcantara headliner are all part of the materials list. Contrast stitching abounds.

However, to make it sportier, the GTS model will offer the option for full carbon fiber across the dash, center console, and door inserts. The electronically adjustable seats will gain much bigger bolsters, hugging the front passengers with increased support in anticipation of higher lateral loads. No such luck for anyone in the rear seat, but space for three will be maintained nonetheless.

“The steering wheel will be the same three-spoke unit we’re all familiar with, trimmed in carbon fiber and bearing thumb controls for the infotainment system.”

The steering wheel will be the same three-spoke unit we’re all familiar with, trimmed in carbon fiber and bearing thumb controls for the infotainment system. Paddle shifters made from aluminum will be in place behind the wheel for easy access. The pedals will be drilled aluminum with rubber inserts.

Instrumentation will include all-digital gear, such as a TFT touch screen, probably similar to the current 8.4-inch unit, plus a TFT driver’s information screen in the gauge cluster. Maserati’s classic analog clock will find a spot in the dash. Bowers & Wilkins will provide the music with a 17-speaker surround sound system. The latest in automated driving aides will come as standard.

In back, the Levante’s 20.5 cubic feet of cargo room will be maintained for when you need to haul more than just butt.

Drivetrain

So far, the Levante has been confirmed to bear a 3.0-liter V-6, boosted by two turbochargers to two levels of tune – 345 horsepower for the base model Levante, and 424 horsepower for the Levante S. There’s also a diesel, but we don’t really care about that.

What we do care about is performance, and with 424 ponies to play with, the Levante has plenty of that to offer. From standstill, the Levante S takes just 5.2 seconds to hit 62 mph – not bad for a 4,650-pound SUV.

However, if it’s gonna go up against the current breed of fire-breathing SUV’s, it’s gonna need a little more. Like at least another 100 horsepower more, or to be specific, the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 currently used in the Quattroporte GTS.

“As is, this powerplant produces 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in Maserati’s top-spec RWD sedan.”

As is, this powerplant produces 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in Maserati’s top-spec RWD sedan. Transplanted into the AWD Levante, and I see the SUV’s 0-to-60 mph sprint time dropping to around 4.5 seconds.

Again, that’s not too shabby, but I doubt Maserati will be content with that result. More than likely, the Trident will look to boost output even further – perhaps eclipsing the 575-horsepower mark.

With a number like that, the Levante would be able to positively blitz the competition, driving the 0-to-60 mph time down into the high three-second range.

Routing the power will be an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, the same transmission used on the current sixth-generation Quattroporte.

Chassis And Handling

The Levante is built on the same platform as the Quattroporte and Ghibli, and it should be a pretty stellar handler right out of the box. However, a GTS model will need even more to keep up with the extra output from that V-8.

To that end, the tires will be ultra-high-performance rubber, although all-seasons are likely to be an available option. The brakes will be upgraded to six-piston calipers at each corner, while the air suspension will be tweaked for more all-around stiffness. The AWD system will be retuned as well for even better rear-biased handling.

Finally, I wouldn’t be surprised if Maserati cut some of the curb weight and added a little chassis stiffness, just to round it out.

Prices

It might seem odd to be daydreaming about a Levante GTS when the base model and Levante S have yet to even begin trickling into dealerships (look for that to happen in October). That said, now is the time for the Trident to begin cooking up a new range-topper, so look for spy shots and leaks in the near future.

Should it make the cut, the Levante GTS is expected to drop by 2018. We’re pegging the price tag to be around $120,000, far above the current top dog Levante S, which goes for $83,000.

Competition

Range Rover Sport SVR


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The fastest Land Rover available is the Range Rover Sport SVR, a 550-horsepower brick of supercharged V-8 insanity. Properly motivated, this speedy SUV will hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, and will continue on to a top speed of 162 mph. It’s got air springs, variable dampers, and an active exhaust that’ll make more of the good noise when the mood is right. SVR worked its magic on the inside too, with sport seats that come wrapped in leather.

Read our full review on the Range Rover Sport SVR].

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S


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When Porsche dropped the Cayenne, the critics scoffed. The notion of a fast SUV from Stuttgart didn’t fit with their notion of what should be done, but the market spoke, and now, performance utility vehicles are everywhere. But of course, the original carries on, with the top of the totem pole occupied by the Cayenne Turbo S. With 570 horsepower hitting the ground via an eight-speed transmission and AWD, this thing will attain 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Top speed is rated at 176 mph.

Read our full review on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

Conclusion


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Given the fact there’s already a prototype of the V-8 Levante confirmed, a GTS variant is looking mighty likely. But the real question is how it’ll play out in the segment two years from now when it releases. Will the base model soak up the demand for Maserati SUV’s, or will the buying public be clamoring for more? How about the competition? Where will the new benchmark lie in terms of performance expectations?

Only time will tell.

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References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Maserati Levante.

PostHeaderIcon Maserati Opens The Door For a Second SUV

Say what you will about the sudden rush among automakers to enter the SUV market, but the numbers don’t lie. SUVs are arguably the most popular segment in the industry today and everyone wants a piece of it. Take Maserati for example. The Italian automaker best known for its line of performance and luxury machines launched the Levante SUV back in 2016 and it’s already posting strong sales numbers, according to company boss Reid Bigland. The success of the Levante has now opened the possibility for Maserati to double down on the market with a new SUV.

To be clear, Bigland stopped short of actually confirming the company’s plans to build another SUV, opting only to say that if “customer preference continues to evolve,” Maserati will take that into strong consideration should it decide that the Levante would need a running-mate to compete against a field of strong competitors. There’s already a precedent for Maserati to think in this terms, specifically the way Porsche has managed to parlay the Cayenne’s popularity to create a family of models that now includes the Macan. As it stands, the Levante is already on pace to sell 25,000 units this year after posting 14,000 sold units of the model in 2016. It certainly wouldn’t be shocking to see the Italian automaker to move in the direction of adding another SUV to its lineup. The question now is how and when it’s going to do it.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante by Mansory

To say that the Geneva Motor Show was busy would be a hilarious understatement. Really, have your heads stopped spinning now? So many things happened at the world’s biggest auto show that it’s hard to comprehend the sheer volume of debuts we saw in the last few days. That’s especially true in the aftermarket scene where some of the biggest tuners in the business were out in droves, presenting the latest programs for some of the most premium cars in the market today.

Take Mansory for example. The tuner is a regular staple in Geneva, and this year, it brought with it a total of six project cars, including this insane Maserati Levante that not only screams attention, but in large part, demands it too. And why wouldn’t it? After all, this is one of the first programs available for the premium SUV, and it packs a load of new features, including power upgrades amounting to decent gains of 465 horsepower for the Levante S. That adds 35 ponies to the SUV’s standard output of 430 horsepower.

Okay, so it’s not as mind-blowing of a power increase as some of Mansory’s other projects. But the tuner more than makes up for it with extensive upgrades in other areas of the Levante, including a rather preposterously aggressive wide body kit provides more than just the usual visual enhancements of like-minded programs before it. Interior upgrades are also a highlight of the program, that is if customers prefer the kind of bombastic updates that the tuner is known for.

All told, Mansory’s program for the Levante SUV may not be for everyone, but for those who like their kits hot with extra servings of spice, this kit is going to get your attention in more ways than one.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Maserati Levante by Mansory.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante by Startech

This time last year, Maserati was preparing to unveil the Levante SUV at the Geneva Motor Show. Not only was it a signal of the Italian automaker’s intentions to go all-in on the premium SUV market, but it also marked a big move to expand its own lineup past the usual coupes and sedans that it was offering. Fast forward to this week and the Maserati Levante is once again headed to Geneva, although this time, it’s German tuner Starch that’s bringing the SUV with it to the biggest auto show in the world.

The Brabus-owned aftermarket firm is no stranger to these types of events since it’s been a regular fixture in Geneva over the past few years. But that was then, and this is now. And as far as “now” goes, the Levante is taking center stage at the Startech booth where it will be showcased in full aftermarket regalia, complete with a new body kit, a massive set of wheels, and the promise of interior and engine upgrades, both of which will come at a later date.

So yes, it’s technically an incomplete program, but don’t take that against Startech. If anything, the strategy to showcase just a part of the full Levante tuning experience can be seen as a way to build up the kit ahead of when the interior amenities and the power and performance boosts are ready to be unveiled. That’s certainly one of way looking at it and for what it’s worth – literally and figuratively – the aerodynamic body kit Startech prepared for the Levante does warrant a place in Geneva.

Now if only the tuner had a definite timetable and when the interior and performance upgrades will arrive…

Continue after the jump to read more about the Maserati Levante by Startech


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Eyeing High-Performance Levante SUV; No Plans For New Sports Car Until 2020

If there’s anything the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has taught us, it’s that there’s plenty of room for high-performance SUVs in the premium SUV market. Now, it seems that Alfa Romeo’s sister brand, Maserati, is gearing up to join in on the fun as the Italian automaker has expressed interest in launching a high-performance version of the Levante SUV.

Maserati global operations chief Alberto Cavaggioni made the proclamation, telling Autocar that the company is open to the possibility, provided that it can make a good business case for it. Ah yes, that all-too familiar “business case” phrase. It’s the automotive equivalent of “we’ll see” that parents tell their children when the little ones want to buy a toy.

On a more serious note, Cavaggioni pointed out that Maserati has the capability to introduce a performance version of the Levante SUV. For one, it has a 3.8-liter V-8 engine that it can use for the SUV. It’s the same engine that powers the Quattroporte sedan and it’s good for 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, putting it right smack in the middle of the 505-horsepower Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV and the 542-horsepower Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

The concern – because there always has to be one – is whether a high-performance Levante can move the needle in a market that’s become increasingly more competitive. It’s not just the Stelvio QV and the F-Pace SVR that Maserati has to contend with. Other models like BMW’s entire lineup of M SUVs also populate the segment, as does Mercedes-AMG with the likes of the AMG GLE. Even Audi has expressed interest in beefing up its RS line to add more SUVs into the mix.

If Maserati does push forward with a performance version of the Levante, Cavaggioni says that it needs to be “justified by volumes.” It’s admittedly easier said than done, but given how so many brands have already made that leap, Maserati may not have a choice but to take that plunge since it has a lot riding on the SUV to carry the company in the next few years.

It’s especially more crucial for a performance Levante to enter the fray in light of conflicting reports regarding the status of both GranTurismo and GranCabrio models. Remember, Maserati Europe general manager Giulio Pastore told Autocar that both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models will get updated in 2018 and 2019, respectively. But a new report from Car Magazine also quotes Pastore hinting that Maserati could go three years (2018 to 2020) without a sports car in its lineup.

Whatever happens to both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models, one thing appears clear, at least from the outside. A high-performance Levante SUV is an important model for the Italian automaker. The only question is whether Maserati wants to make that leap.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante GTS

Maserati’s full-size luxury performance SUV was first unveiled as the Kubang concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The production model was then officially unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show in March. When it finally broke cover, the details were impressive – the exterior was pure Italian premium goodness, the cabin was opulent and well appointed, and a good dose of adrenaline was waiting under the hood. However, it’s looking like an even more exciting Levante is just over the horizon, and we think it’ll have a meaner look, more driver’s goodies inside, and two additional turbocharged cylinders.

So where would we get a crazy idea like that? Well, back in April, Autoblog asked Maserati if it could fit its top-spec 523-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, the same powerplant it shoehorned into the Quattroporte GTS, into its first-ever SUV. The answer was an unequivocal “yes.” What’s more, Davide Danesin, the head of Maserati vehicle programs, reported that the Trident already had a prototype of the combo in hand, leading high-performance SUV enthusiasts everywhere to begin salivating uncontrollably. And while it’s still possible Maserati will axe the project outright, odds are a Levante GTS will become a thing sooner or later.

In anticipation of that day, we created the following rendering and speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the Maserati Levante GTS.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante GTS

Maserati’s full-size luxury performance SUV was first unveiled as the Kubang concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The production model was then officially unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show in March. When it finally broke cover, the details were impressive – the exterior was pure Italian premium goodness, the cabin was opulent and well appointed, and a good dose of adrenaline was waiting under the hood. However, it’s looking like an even more exciting Levante is just over the horizon, and we think it’ll have a meaner look, more driver’s goodies inside, and two additional turbocharged cylinders.

So where would we get a crazy idea like that? Well, back in April, Autoblog asked Maserati if it could fit its top-spec 523-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, the same powerplant it shoehorned into the Quattroporte GTS, into its first-ever SUV. The answer was an unequivocal “yes.” What’s more, Davide Danesin, the head of Maserati vehicle programs, reported that the Trident already had a prototype of the combo in hand, leading high-performance SUV enthusiasts everywhere to begin salivating uncontrollably. And while it’s still possible Maserati will axe the project outright, odds are a Levante GTS will become a thing sooner or later.

In anticipation of that day, we created the following rendering and speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the Maserati Levante GTS.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante in Action (+Official Pricing)

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It didn’t take long for the new Maserati Levante to hit the streets after its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and now we get the first video reviews of the car and the official pricing details. Looks like Maser is in a hurry to put this thing out and get on with their other projects.

That’s fair enough, seeing as how much time they wasted developing, redesigning and even renaming this product. What they have ended up with seems like an acceptable effort, at least on the surface. If it manages to trump the main rivals in the luxury SUV segment in at least a few of the categories that matter, then we will concede Maserati Levante is a class act.

Before we get to the information regarding the pricing of the Levante, let’s check it out in action. The commentary is Italian, but you don’t need words to understand the language of beauty:

As for the official MSRP, Maserati Levante starts at $72,000 for the 3.0-liter V6 model you see in this video which boasts 345 horsepower and comes as standard with dual-zone air con, infotainment with 8-inch display, premium audio and power tailgate. $83,000 will buy you the Levante S with a much more exciting 425 horsepower output and the ability to hit 100 km/h from 0 in 5.0 seconds flat. Please note that these prices are before tax and delivery, and do not include any of the optional packages and features.

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PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante Spotted on the Streets of Geneva

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Following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Maserati Levante SUV was spotted out and about on the streets, flaunting a weird but interesting design and a rich chocolaty brown paint job. And it certainly looks different in the wild than it did on the show floor under strategically placed lights.

We’re not saying Maserati Levante looks terrible or anything, but as most of the journalists who visited this year’s Geneva Show have reported, the SUV has a challenging front-end, what with those narrow headlights and gaping mouth with chrome teeth. The side profile is pretty good, it has to be said, featuring some nice curves and styling details.The rear is just all right, nothing too fancy about it.

Another thing you notice looking at the Maserati Levante in the flesh is that the SUV is smaller than what it may seem in the pictures. It’s the unique design that creates the illusion the Levante is a giant, but when you see people standing next to it, this Maser is actually more of a crossover than a full-sized utility vehicle. It is a tad smaller than its main rival, Porsche Cayenne, which might put some people off.

Regardless of the looks, Maserati’s SUV is a refreshing new offering in a segment where all the cars are pretty much the same. The Levante introduces a strong sporty flavor to the SUV’s traditional mix of space, ride height, and practicality, making the whole thing a more enjoyable experience.

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PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante Spotted on the Streets of Geneva

Maserati Levante Spot-0

Following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Maserati Levante SUV was spotted out and about on the streets, flaunting a weird but interesting design and a rich chocolaty brown paint job. And it certainly looks different in the wild than it did on the show floor under strategically placed lights.

We’re not saying Maserati Levante looks terrible or anything, but as most of the journalists who visited this year’s Geneva Show have reported, the SUV has a challenging front-end, what with those narrow headlights and gaping mouth with chrome teeth. The side profile is pretty good, it has to be said, featuring some nice curves and styling details.The rear is just all right, nothing too fancy about it.

Another thing you notice looking at the Maserati Levante in the flesh is that the SUV is smaller than what it may seem in the pictures. It’s the unique design that creates the illusion the Levante is a giant, but when you see people standing next to it, this Maser is actually more of a crossover than a full-sized utility vehicle. It is a tad smaller than its main rival, Porsche Cayenne, which might put some people off.

Regardless of the looks, Maserati’s SUV is a refreshing new offering in a segment where all the cars are pretty much the same. The Levante introduces a strong sporty flavor to the SUV’s traditional mix of space, ride height, and practicality, making the whole thing a more enjoyable experience.

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PostHeaderIcon Geneva 2016: Maserati Levante

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Another one of this year’s big debuts at the Geneva Motor Show was the new Maserati Levante SUV. The sport/luxury SUV has been in the work for quite a while, but it seems the car’s been well worth the wait. The Levante is like a very good-looking Porsche Cayenne.

So we’re expecting Maserati Levante to challenge the German car and rob it off a good chunk of its market. This Maser is sleek, it’s beautiful, it has a cool cabin, and it’s chockfull of the latest technologies, and it has that magical Maserati essence that makes their car so desirable.

That said, the Levante has been criticized by a number of people for some of its design features. They say that in the flesh the front profile of the car looks kind of weird, which is frankly nitpicking, when look at this car’s rivals like the Cayenne or the new Bentley Bentayga. They are hardly beauty queens either.

Maserati Levante launches a 3 litre V6 Twin-Turbo petrol engine with either 350hp or 430hp, and a 275hp 3 litre V6 Turbo Diesel. Standard is “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive system, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, with integrated Start&Stop System, double-wishbone on the front axle and multi-link on the rear, combined with electronically controlled damping, four corner air-springs providing 5 dynamic ride levels.

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PostHeaderIcon Geneva 2016: Maserati Levante

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Another one of this year’s big debuts at the Geneva Motor Show was the new Maserati Levante SUV. The sport/luxury SUV has been in the work for quite a while, but it seems the car’s been well worth the wait. The Levante is like a very good-looking Porsche Cayenne.

So we’re expecting Maserati Levante to challenge the German car and rob it off a good chunk of its market. This Maser is sleek, it’s beautiful, it has a cool cabin, and it’s chockfull of the latest technologies, and it has that magical Maserati essence that makes their car so desirable.

That said, the Levante has been criticized by a number of people for some of its design features. They say that in the flesh the front profile of the car looks kind of weird, which is frankly nitpicking, when look at this car’s rivals like the Cayenne or the new Bentley Bentayga. They are hardly beauty queens either.

Maserati Levante launches a 3 litre V6 Twin-Turbo petrol engine with either 350hp or 430hp, and a 275hp 3 litre V6 Turbo Diesel. Standard is “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive system, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, with integrated Start&Stop System, double-wishbone on the front axle and multi-link on the rear, combined with electronically controlled damping, four corner air-springs providing 5 dynamic ride levels.

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PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante SUV Officially Announced

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After what feels like a decade, Maserati is finally ready to unveil their highly anticipated luxury SUV. It’s called Maserati Levante – which is a lot better Kubang, their first choice – and it will be officially unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Detailed specs of Maserati Levante are yet to be released, but the car benefits from Maser’s experiences in recent years with diesel engines, turbocharging, and four-wheel-drive drivetrains.  As such, “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission will be standard across the range, and you also get electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs and a range of powerful diesel and petrol engines.

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As for the design, at first glance Maserati Levante may look like a fat Ghibli, but there is art in all those curves and twists as you would expect from an Italian luxury car. The main highlights include tapered headlights, unique front grille, three iconic air vents on the front wings, trapezoidal C-pillar with the “Saetta” logo and large, frameless door windows. Our favorite part is the bonnet which looks like stretched fabric.

It will probably take Maserati another year or so to prepare the Levante for market launch. But if I were a Porsche Cayenne, I’d start worrying right about now.

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Shortly after Maserati unveiled the Kubang concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, rumors began circulating that a production version would soon be offered, and it didn’t take long for Maserati to confirm its first-ever SUV, the Levante. The crossover takes its name from “a warm, Mediterranean wind,” as well as the Via Emilia Levante in Bologna, where about a century ago, the Maserati brothers dreamed up the company that still bears their name today.

With a worldwide debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Levante gives Maserati access to the flourishing crossover/SUV market, and consequently, a much wider audience, hopefully improving sales figures and profits. Maserati wants the Levante to boost sales to 50,000 cars a year globally, which should give the Italians the funds necessary to keep building cool sports cars and luxurious sedans.

While the Levante certainly rounds out the automaker’s product portfolio, it’s also quite polarizing, with many fans questioning whether or not Maserati has strayed too far from its roots. Which begs the question – is the Levante worthy of a Trident badge?

Updated 03/31/2016: Maserati dropped a series of new video for its new Levante SUV. Hit “play” to watch them!

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Maserati Levante.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante Revealed In Design Patents

We’ve seen prototypes of the new Maserati Levante out and about for some road testing in Germany and cold-weather testing in Sweden, but so far, the camo applied to its exterior has done an exquisite job of hiding the new SUV’s true lines. Now, however, we get a black-and-white peek at Maserati’s upcoming crossover, thanks to a leaked set of design patent images the marque filed in Australia early last month.

Visually, the design stays true to the original styling first previewed in 2011 with the Kubang concept. That particular SUV, which broke cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show, was a fresh take on the first Kubang concept that Maserati served up way back in 2003. 

Reports indicate the Levante will come with four engine options. For the U.S. market, Maserati could offer a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 producing 410 horsepower, and a top-range twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 producing 530 horsepower. Meanwhile, the Europeans might enjoy a diesel engine and a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Routing the power will be a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The Modena-based Maserati Product Development Department is responsible for developing the performance settings on the suspension, brakes and steering. Grip will come via Maserati’s new high-performance AWD system.

Production is slated to begin in March, 2016, with an expected annual sales target of 37,000 units by 2018. 

Continue reading to learn more about the Maserati Levante.

Maserati Levante Revealed In Design Patents originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 19:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Maserati Levante SUV Revealed in Leaked Patents

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As usual, loose security at the patent offices result in a major leak and our first glance at the all-new Maserati Levante SUV. Granted, these drawings do not showcase the whole thing, but they are revealing enough for you to decide whether you like the Maser SUV or not right now.

The production Maserati Levante does not seem to be sharing many styling features with the 2011 Kubang Concept, Maserati’s first attempt at creating a sport utility vehicle. It’s not surprising really, seeing as the Kubang was an utter failure; so much so they even changed the name.

Maserati these days has a distinctive corporate look that is featured on all of their production models and the Levante is no exception. The car features the classic Maserati grille and Ghibli-like head lights, along with wide hips and familiar looking tail lights. It is a good look, all in all, certainly good enough to take on the likes of Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes GLE.

To be launched next year, Maserati Levante will be available with V6 and V8 powertrains, including possibly some diesel options.

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PostHeaderIcon Maserati Plans No Porsche Macan Rival Anytime Soon

Although the upcoming Levante SUV is no more than a jacked-up Ghibli sedan as of March 2015, some reports are already talking about Maserati’s plans to build a smaller crossover that would compete against the likes of the Porsche Macan and Audi Q5. And while such a scenario might put a smile on some faces, Maserati is not yet willing to expand in the luxury crossover market. At least that’s what Maserati boss Harald Wester had to say.

“We are an extremely complex multi-brand group and to have everyone doing a little bit of everything is not the right way. We have nameplates that cover that ground, or that plan to cover that ground,” Wester told AutoCar. With the Levante still a year away from its official reveal, it makes sense for Wester to rule out a new product, but that’s likely to change once Maserati gets a taste of the impact an SUV can have on its global sales.

“In this business, you should never say ’no’ in a dogmatic way, but my personal opinion is that Maserati wouldn’t want to go below the Levante in size,” he added, hinting that the Italians might change their strategy over the next few years.

Continue reading to learn more about Maserati’s future crossovers.

Maserati Plans No Porsche Macan Rival Anytime Soon originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:00 EST.

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