Ahead of the Maserati Levante SUV debuting next year, the Italian marque has confirmed that it has commenced pre-production of the car at its plant in Turin, Italy. Production will then kick off in fall in January around the same time that it debuts at the Detroit Motor Show.
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.