The Levante is Maserati’s answer to the Porsche Cayenne and the Jaguar F-Pace. This Trident SUV promises to excite every soul on planet Earth!
The luxury car market has become very favourable for SUVs, and top auto manufacturers are now minting on the opportunity. Maserati also wants a piece of the action and they are gonna be a part of the game by bringing in the new Levante very soon.
Now, the first impressions would simply tell you that the Maserati Levante is a Jeep Cherokee with a gaping front grill garnished with the iconic trident and you would be right! This is because of the Fiat-Chrysler connection, which is the parent company for both Jeep and Maserati. The Levante is most definitely based on the new Cherokee platform and even features very similar proportions. Make no mistake though, the Levante is a handsome SUV and has that distinctive Maserati style quotient. The triple vents on the front fender, the Maserati badges on the quarter panel and the aggressive slim headlamps are all bespoke to the Italian marquee. The Levante is well proportioned, although it seems like it’s trying too hard to impress us. A lot of the styling elements look fabulous on a gorgeous coupe, but on a massive SUV it’s a completely different story! It is definitely not ugly, but how it stands in front of the stylish Jaguar F-Pace and the elemental Porsche Macan, is a really close call.
Powering this machine would be a bunch of V6 motors and a range topping V8 that are already available on the Ghibli and Quattroporte. No confirmed details as of now, but we expect a diesel V6 that would put out a power output of 275 HP; and a V6 petrol motor with 410 horses under the hood. The engines will be mated to an eight-speed transmission, powering an all-wheel drive system.
Maserati says that the Levante will be manufactured at their Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy; and the first few cars have already come off the production line in anticipation of its launch in the spring of 2016. The Levante will take on the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, Jagur F-Pace and BMW X6. The love for SUVs in India is profound and manufacturers are well aware of this. So we definitely expect an India launch as well, probably in late 2016 or early 2017.