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Maserati Levante: new SUV model unveiled

The first images of Maserati’s new Levante, the company’s first SUV model have been revealed ahead of the car’s Geneva launch

Five years since we first saw Maserati’s Kubang SUV concept, the road-going Levante has been unveiled in production form. The new car is set to directly rival the likes of the Porsche Cayenne when it goes on sale on later this year.

Engines will be shared with the Ghibli, saloon, meaning a choice of either twin-turbo 3.0 petrol or diesel engines. With power figures ranging from 247bhp to 345, performance is impressive, with the top model hitting 62mph in 5.2secs and going on to 164mph. A plug-in hybrid model is expected to joint the line-up in 2018.

Permanent Q4 four-wheel drive is standard across the range, as is an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As standard, the Levante will also get adaptive dampers and adjustable air springs. In their latest release, Maserati claims that ‘At a technical level, 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 an excellent off-road performance and ride’.

The Levante joins the recently launched Quattroporte and Ghibli models with the older GranTurismo and GranCabrio. Although this is the company’s first foray into the crowded SUV market, it’s clear that the new off-roader shares a lot of DNA with its smaller Maserati brethren. The aggressive signature front grille combines with typically curvy and beautifully detailed panels.

Although the first examples have already left the production line in Turin, UK prices have not yet been announced. More details are expected at the Geneva motor show next month, with the car slated for a Spring 2016 launch.

Read more about the Maserati Levante on evo.co.uk

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