2017 Maserati Levante leaked ahead of Geneva motor show

Maserati Levante Maserati’s first SUV model, the Levante, will go on sale late next year; leaked images reveal design and engine specifications

Images of the upcoming Maserati Levante SUV have leaked online ahead of the car’s official debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

While these images have yet to be ratified as official, they do appear to be similar in shape and proportion to various test mules of the Levante which have been spotted over the past few weeks. These pictures were originally published on a Dutch news website, but have since been circulated online.

Part of the leaked package of information also reveals the Levante’s engine range for the first time. The information reveals that at least two petrol and one diesel version of the Levante will be available at launch.

Both the Levante 350 and the Levante 430 will use the same 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that already features in the Ghibli and Quattroporte. The Levante 350 is claimed to be capable of reaching 62mph in 6.3sec with a top speed of 151mph, while the Levante 430 can manage the same 0-62mph sprint in 5.2sec, with a top speed of 164mph.

The diesel engine is also a 3.0-litre V6, and can reach 62mph in 6.9sec before hitting its top speed of 143mph.

As well as these powertrains, the Levante is likely to borrow the Quattroporte’s V8 engine in a range-topping performance version. A plug-in hybrid version of the Levante is also planned.

These images reveal the new Levante features a dramatically sculpured bonnet with a bold interpretation of Maserti’s front grille. Large front air intakes can also be seen. Maserati’s usual wheel arch air vents also feature, while at the back there’s a boot-mounted spoiler and quadruple exhaust exits. There are also nods to 2011’s Kubang concept car, which first signalled Maserati’s intent to enter the SUV market.

Interestingly, these pictures also give us a close look at the new car’s interior, which includes steering-wheel mounted paddles for the automatic transmission and a large central infotainment screen.

The launch of the Levante is seen as a crucial moment for Maserati, as the firm looks to capitalise on the profitable and growing luxury SUV market. The Levante will compete with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Audi Q5. The Levante could quickly become Maserati’s biggest seller, as the firm looks to grow sales to 70,000 units by 2018.

Speaking to Autocar, Maserati boss Harald Wester confirmed that the Levante would be priced to sit in between the £53,580 and the £81,660 Quattroporte. That means a price of around £65,000 is likely.

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