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Maserati’s first SUV to be unveiled in Geneva

The design of the Levante features clear associations with the Maserati brand and its distinctive Italian character

MASERATI has this week revealed the exterior form of the Levante, the first SUV in the brand’s more than one hundred-year history.

The Italian car maker says the new model completes the existing range of saloon and sports cars, which include the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio models.

The design of the Levante features clear associations with the Maserati brand and its distinctive Italian character: the 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 also 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 much tapered back window and streamlined shape, both of which are typical of a high-performance sports car.

At a technical level, the Levante’s chassis is designed to combine the outstanding on-road performance for which Maserati is renowned, with “unrivalled handling even on very low-grip surfaces and an 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. There’s also ‘Q4’ intelligent all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission that has been specially calibrated for the brand’s new SUV.

When it comes to power units, the Levante will be equipped with both petrol and diesel engines that are all Euro6-compliant.

The Levante is built at the Mirafiori plant in Turin; the first cars have already come off the assembly line with the launch planned for this spring in Europe, to be followed by the rest of the world later this year.

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