Maserati is currently looking to expand their roster and just like most other manufacturers out there, they are going to release on the market a luxury crossover. They release a concept under a different name a long time ago but the upcoming 2017 Maserati Levante will have pretty much nothing in common with it. Also, instead of being based on the same old platform of the Grand Cherokee, Maserati decided that it is best for them to base their car on the rear wheel drive platform of the Ghibli which is much better than going for an old Mercedes platform.
2017 Maserati Levante Release Date and Price
This should allow them to build a lightweight and rather fast luxury crossover that could be able to keep up with the fastest out there such as the Cayenne or the upcoming Bentayga. The car will likely be released at the next Geneva Auto Show and it should hit the market later in 2016. The price could start at around $70,000 for a base model and go up from there. This is neither good or bad, but it should give them a rather nice boost in sales considering there are many people who prefer crossovers rather than sedans.
Engine of new Levante
Under the hood of the 2017 Maserati Levante we are likely going to find the two engines of the Quattroporte. The base model should receive a 3 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which will be able to deliver anything between 330 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque all the way up to 410 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The top end model will get a larger 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 which will make even more power at 530 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. All three of them are going to be offered with an 8 speed automatic provided by ZF and either rear or all wheel drive, depending on the spec and market of choice.
2017 Maserati Levante Exterior
The exterior design, while currently under wraps, has been leaked last year through some paperwork which has been filed by Maserati in order to trademark the design. We expect the finished product to be similar but slightly updated with their latest design scheme. The front end will likely receive different headlights but the car’s athletic look and coupe-like rear end are going to be kept for sure.
The interior of the 2017 Maserati Levante will most definitely be shared with the other two sedans. The lesser versions are going to get similar equipment levels to the Ghibli but the top end model will not only get a similar design of the interior to the Quattroporte but it will also offer similar materials and equipment which should make for a rather interesting battle between it and its competitors.