The production version of Maserati’s concept dubbed the “Kubang concept” will soon hit the market. We will finally be able to buy Maserati’s first-ever SUV called the Levante. The carmaker will pull of covers of the production version at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
2017 Maserati Levante Review
The brand-new Levante will be Maserati’s ticket to the flourishing SUV market. It will bring profits to the carmaker and provide the funds the carmaker needs to build other sports cars and luxury sedans.
Details about the newcomer are still scarce and sketchy, but if we judge it by other vehicles in the carmaker’s lineup, there is no doubt that it will offer both, luxury and performance.
Exterior of 2017 Maserati Levante
The carmaker still hesitates to release an official photo of the 2017 Maserati Levante, but the prototypes that were caught testing reveal enough. The vehicle was heavily camouflaged but there are many hints that reveal how the brand-new SUV could look like.
The designers of the Levante relied on three base elements. Namely, the newcomer borrows the platform of the Ghibli, design patents of the Interwebz, and of course design cues of the aforementioned Kubang concept. The result of this combo is a perfectly designed, muscular and sleek crossover.
Most probably, the front fascia will sport the carmaker’s trademark, Trident grille, large air inlets, and rather slim headlamps. Like other Maserati’s vehicles, the new Levante also features the tri-bar gills on its front fenders.
Clean design and large taillights and large outlets shape the newcomers rear end. The vehicle sports a subtle spoiler which suggests that it will be quite a performer.
Maserati Levante Interior
Even though the carmaker will use completely new interior design for the 2017 Levante, we believe that it will borrow some of the design patterns from its cousins, the Ghibli and the Quattroporte. The prototype seen testing doesn’t reveal much since it was heavily camouflaged.
The crossover will have similarly designed center console as that of the full size sedan’s. Expect a two-tone dashboard with large entertainment screen.
In terms of materials, we expect Alcantara, leather, aluminum, and carbon-fiber.
There will probably be a sporty steering wheel that will give the vehicle a dash of racing heritage. Headroom and legroom should not be a problem in the new Levante. It will probably offer the same amount of rear legroom space as the Ghibli but with more luggage space.
Engine of Maserati Levante
Recent reports suggest that powering the 2017 Maserati Levante will be four engine options. The base engine option will be a 404-horsepower twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6. The engine helps the vehicle to hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.
The range-topping and the most powerful in the broad lineup will be a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to this engine, the vehicle will be able to hit 60 mph in less than five seconds.
The third engine option comes in the form of a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine. The oil burner is good for 266 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque. The biggest news is that Maserati will offer the first-ever hybrid, but details about what kind of gasoline-electric combo will be used are still shrouded in secrecy.