Maserati is stepping into the SUV market for the first time and the company has officially launched the Levante days before the Geneva motor show.
The brand has confirmed that interested buyers will be able to know everything about the car and witness it in person at the auto exhibition. They will also be able to purchase it real soon because the Levante is coming to stores in the second half of 2016. They have released a couple of images showcasing the exterior design of their first ever SUV and it looks gorgeous without a doubt.
The brand has not released interior images or engine specifications but somehow those details managed to get leaked sooner than expected. The car looks a bit like Porsche Cayenne with slim headlights and grille while the overall sleek look adds to its sporty exterior. The idea is to create a compact SUV crossover which appeals to the majority of the audience without making it look bulky.
All we could see in the pictures where the silver colored variant of the Maserati Levante SUV which is accentuated with red lines on the inside. There is plenty of leather used in the interiors with comfortable seats that offer great legroom and headroom for all passengers. As expected, a large touchscreen display is used to control the infotainment system. The car uses an eight-speed automatic gearbox system.
With electronic suspension and air springs, maximum comfort is ensured for the riders. The manufacturer will offer five different engine variants to pick from. The petrol models include a V6 twin-turbo and V8 while there are three versions of the diesel engines as well. They range from a mediocre 247 horsepower to a high end 347 horsepower models.
The SUV uses four-wheel drive and automatic gearboxes on all trim line variants. Such limitations make it easier for Maserati to push the best of their all-new SUV to every buyer irrespective of the model they choose to buy.
Despite its size and weight, the vehicle can move from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 6.3 seconds. When the higher end models are tested, they can do the same in less than 5 seconds. The top speed of the car is measured at 143 miles per hour. Once the initial launches are out, Maserati has plans to launch hybrid versions of the SUV as well as other next gen models but there’s plenty of time to go for those.