The upcoming Maserati Levante SUV has just been filmed in the midst of testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife for the very first time. While the new Levante is far from a track-focused monster, testing at the Nurburgring is a given for any new European car these days with it acting as the perfect torture test for future models.
Throughout the clip, we get to see the Levante being driven both gingerly and aggressively on the famed German circuit in damp and dry conditions. It’s impossible to say at this stage just what engine this Levante mule is testing but there’s a very good chance it is a V6 possibly making use of forced induction.
Due to the camouflage and body cladding adorning the prototype, little can be said about its design. However, it seems apparent that its design will be reminiscent of the Kubang concept’s with slim headlights distinct from those on other Maserati models. Meanwhile at the rear, this test mule features a quad tailpipe system, a high decklid and moderately raked rear window.
Due to the Maserati Levante’s underpinnings being shared with the Quattroporte, it will be available with the same powertrains. That means it will be offered with a selection of V6 and V8 engines with the range-topping twin-turbo V8 likely to deliver in excess of 500 hp. The Levante will also come standard with all-wheel drive.