Official patent sketches of the upcoming Maserati Levante SUV have leaked online providing us with an excellent indication of how the new Italian SUV will look.
While the Levante has drawn on the Kubang concept for its design, it is exceptionally easy to distinguish from that car. At the front for example, brand new headlights and rounded fog lights have been installed while a typical grille from Maserati is also present. The rear end of the Maserati Levante is also identifiable as a Maserati with taillights baring similarities to those from the Gran Turismo and GranCabrio.
Initial speculation about the Levante SUV indicated that it would be based around the architecture used by the Jeep Grand Cherokee. However, it has since been confirmed that the Maserati Levante will utilise the same platform as the current Quattroporte luxury sedan. When launched, the Levante will rival the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport and BMW X5.
Last year, speculation emerged suggesting that the Levante will receive the new 525 hp V8 twin-turbo engine from the Quattroporte when it goes on sale. This could then be accompanied by other less powerful unit options among them being the 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 from the Ghibli, a diesel V6 and probably the new V8 diesel from Fiat.
Further details about the Levante remain rather scarce but we do know that production will take place at the marque’s Mirafiro plant in Northern Italy. The first bodies are expected to be produced next year.