The Latest on the Maserati Levante
We’ve been anticipating the reveal of Maserati’s new Levante SUV for some time. We recently learned that the brand would begin production on the luxury vehicle in February of 2016, and it’s expected that the SUV would hit lots about six months later.
When are we actually going to get to see the car, though? Luckily, the Levante’s debut might be right around the corner. Before you head into your local Maserati dealer, see why you may want to hold off on one of the brand’s best and most innovative models…
As Maserati head honcho Harald Wester recently told Auto Express (via Stephen Edelstein of DigitialTrends.com), the Levante SUV is expected to be “showroom-ready” in time for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. The hope is that the vehicle would be ready for production by then (which would jive with the previously reported timeline), with sales starting soon after (which would actually be ahead of schedule).
Furthermore, the pre-production models are already being built, and despite reports that suggested the Levante would use a Jeep platform as a base, Wester was adamant that his vehicle would be “100 percent Maserati.” The “test mules” have reportedly been based on Ghibli sedan, but as always, those spy photos are unreliable.
Finally, expect some unexpected features to be included in the new Levante. The production model will ultimately differ from the concept model, although Wester did not get into specifics. Edelstein guesses that the vehicle and engine will likely resemble that of the current Maseratis. Similar motors would mean the Lavenate would probably have a standard twin-turbocharged V6, with a V8 available for higher trims. There are also whispers of a plug-in hybrid coming sometime down the road to Maseratis, and it can be assumed that the engine would also be included in the Levante. However, that won’t be an option for some time.
The Levante is expected to boost the brand’s sales, and the car is intended to compete with the Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 911. Maserati will certainly be counting on it, as following the departure of Ferrari from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Maserati is now FCA’s go-to in the luxury market.
As you can see, we clearly have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. While we’ll still have to wait some time for the release of the Levante, at least we know some juicy information and pictures will be right around the corner!
In the meantime, head over to Maserati of Albany to check out their currently selection of vehicles. You may decide to ignore the Levante and opt for one of their current models. Regardless of your decision, there’s no way you can go wrong.