The Italian manufacturer of luxury sports cars plans to start a whole-new era. For the first time it will introduce a sport utility vehicle. It will be the first crossover under the Maserati brand. As you probably know, in 2011 company presented a concept SUV called Kubang. After that, production model was highly expected in near future and we are finally about to see it. According to the several reliable reports, new model will come as 2016 Maserati Levante, probably early next year.
2016 Maserati Levante exterior and interior design
At this point, it is still hard to predict how exactly 2016 Maserati Levante will look like. All testing model that were spotted wear a heavy camouflage. Company also didn’t released any official photo, teaser or something similar yet. However, we can make some prediction. It is expected that 2016 Maserati Levante will come with the same design language as current sedans and coupes that are in production. Many of design solutions will be also borrower from Kubang Concept, that was shown at Frankfurt in 2011. Many of mechanical solutions will be borrowed from Ghibly. It will ride on the same platform.
When it is about some visual details, expect to see company’s recognizable front fascia with familiar lighting and grille. At the rear end, we will see massive taillights, new exhaust system in quad-pipe arrangement, and spoiler putted atop the tailgate, which will emphasize crossovers sporty character. When it is about interior, 2016 Levante is expected to come with completely new cabin. However, we will also see some styling cues from Ghibli and Quattroporte. All in all, expect to see a perfect combination of elegant styling and plenty of sporty details.
2016 Maserati Levante engine
It is expected that 2016 Maserati Levante will be available in several options when it is about engines. The base engine will probably be a 3.0 liter V6 borrowed from Ghibli, which has max output of 404 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Other variant will be a 3.8 V8, borrowed from Quattroporte, with max power of 523 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Finally, it is expected that 2016 Levante will be available in diesel variant too. It will be the same unit used for Ghibli and Quattroporte, which has max output of 266 horses and 420 pound-feet of twist. However, diesel model is expected to be offered exclusively for the European market.
2016 Maserati Levante release date and price
The 2016 Maserati Levante is expected to be presented at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. According to the some rough prediction, base model should go around 80.000 dollars.