Meet ‘Levante’ Maserati’s First SUV
Luxury and sports brands have been clamoring to put out a big soft-roader in recent years: the Porsche Cayenne, the Bentley Bentayga, the upcoming Rolls-Royce truck, the list goes on. Now Maserati is also jumped in the luxurious SUV game. The Italian Marque just showed off the exterior design of its Levante SUV, but we don’t have many official details beyond that: there’ll be an 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and “a high level of content as standard,” which means you probably won’t be able to buy a cheap Levante by stripping all of the options out of it. Gasoline and diesel engines will be offered.
Maserati has generally managed to carry over the design language of its coupes and sedans — the lithe GranTurismo, Quattroporte, and Ghibli — without blowing things up into odd proportions. The production launch will happen early this year in Europe, followed by other markets “later this year.” We’ll see the full car at the Geneva show in just a few days.