Meet Maserati's SUV: The Levante

BY Azfar Hashim

Maserati's first SUV will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show; will a queue start forming?

Maserati reveals the exterior form of the Levante, the first SUV in the brand's more than one hundred year history. With the new model, it completes the existing range of saloon and sports cars,  together with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio models. The Maserati Levante is built at the Mirafiori plant in Turin.

The design of the Levante features clear associations with the Maserati brand: An aggressive front introduces new, tapered headlights separated into two elements, with the upper headlight unit connected to the radiator grille. Maserati's design signature is clearly visible on the sides: the three iconic air vents on the front wings, the trapezoidal C-pillar with the 'Saetta' logo and the large, frameless door windows. The rear is dominated by the very tapered back window and streamlined shape, both typical of a high-performance sports car.

On the technical front, the Levante'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 excellent off-road performance and ride. The new SUV boasts a high level of content as standard, with all versions featuring sophisticated electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs (which can be set on several levels), 'Q4' intelligent all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission specially calibrated for the brand's new SUV.

In terms of power units, the Levante is equipped with both petrol and diesel engines that are all Euro 6 compliant.

While news haven't been confirmed, this Italian SUV might arrive in Singapore as early as end-2016.