For the 1st time in it’s 100 year history, Maserati have revealed an SUV, or more accurately, the exterior of their new SUV. This latest model will complete the range along with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio models.

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The Levante is clearly a Maserati product, as can been seen with the aggressive front, which features new, tapered headlights separated into two elements, with the upper headlight unit connected to the radiator grille. The design continues with the 3 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 very tapered back window and streamlined shape, both typical of a high-performance sports car.

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Maserati aims to design a chassis that combines 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 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, “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission specially calibrated for the brand’s new SUV.

When it comes to power units, no official figures have been released, but the Levante will be equipped with both petrol and diesel engines.

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The Maserati Levante is built at the Mirafiori plant in Turin. The first cars have already come off the assembly line with the launch planned for spring 2016 in Europe, to be followed by the rest of the world in late 2016.