Maserati's Levante SUV is finally here

Expected in Middle East showrooms from June, this is what we know about Maserati’s first ever SUV.

Neil Churchill February 21, 2016

If there’s one thing the new wave of luxury SUVs all have in common, it’s that they’re terrible at being a surprise.

Anticipated and expected, Maserati has finally unveiled its Levante model, the first SUV in the Italian brand’s 102-year history. For potential Middle East buyers, the first units are expected to be in showrooms by Ramadan; the second week of June. 

While it might be – according to some – a method to bolster the finances of parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and ultimately save the Maserati brand, a beefed up trident is certainly worth getting excited about. Besides, with Range Rover’s SVAutobiography, the Bentley Bentayga and with Rolls-Royce planning to join the luxury SUV party too, the Turin company couldn’t miss out. 

The car will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month. But from what we can see from these images, the Levante carries several design cues from Maserati’s existing roster. 

There’s a noticeable hint of the Ghibli in the SUV’s grill and front headlights, while the rear uses a lipped spoiler not too dissimilar from the GranTurismo’s. 

Maserati’s signature side design, three distinctive air vents, and the ‘Saetta’ logo on the C-pillar further distinguish it as a modern Maserati, fitting into the style requirements of what's currently rolling off the production line. 

Despite these exterior shots, there’s not much detail yet on what lies beneath the external façade. What Maserati has said, is that the Levante will be available in both diesel and petrol engine options, and will be using the brand’s ‘Q4’ intelligent all-wheel drive system, with an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

Until we know more, probably at Geneva, let’s just enjoy how she looks.