Maserati has unveiled the production version of the Kubang concept in the form of the 2017 Levante. The vehicle is Maserati's first crossover in the company's 102 year history and has set its sights on the likes of the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.
The high-riding Maserati is based on the Ghibli platform, which also underpins the larger Quattroporte sedan. Its exterior styling is in line with the brand's design languge, which consists of slim headlights, a wide concave grill with a bold trident badge and fender vents. Moving to its side, the character lines are reminiscent of its sedan brothers. It gets frameless windows and a trident badge lies on the C-pillar. Like the Ghibli and the Quattroporte, the Levante has a crease that gives the crossover a 'coke-bottle' shape towards the rear. At the back, the Levante features wraparound tailights and a tailgate spoiler.
There are no interior photos at the time of writing but the company promises the full Maserati experience when stepping on board the Levante. Maserati will be giving full technical specs when the car is shown in the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Maserati says the Levante's “chassis is designed to combine the outstanding on-road performance typical of every Maserati with unrivalled handling even on very low-grip surfaces and an excellent off-road performance and ride."
The initial powertrain lineup for the Levante consists of two 3.0 V6 turbocharged gas engines and one 3.0 V6 turbodiesel. Both 3.0 V6 gas engines are sourced from Ferrari and are packing twin turbos. The base engine puts out 350 PS while the top of the line motor has an output of 430 PS. As for the lone diesel option, that engine produces 275 PS. Maserati has yet to release torque figures for the Levante.
With the new Levante, Maserati is hoping to increase their sales to 75,000 cars per year by 2018. With a strong market for luxury SUVs and crossovers, the company hopes to boost sales by 30% with the help of their first crossover. Once in full production, the Levante will sit between the Ghibli and the Quattroporte in terms of size and price.