Sunaina Rana / Emirates Business
Italian luxury car manufacturerMaserati has revealed the exteriors of its new addition — Maserati Levante. The first SUV from the manufacturer, Levante will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor show in March.According to Maserati,worldwide launch of the first models of Levante— completes the existing range of saloon and sports cars — will come later in 2016.
Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East, India and Africa told Emirates Business, “The Maserati Levante will have its official world premiere at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. We project the first Levantes to arrive in dealerships across the region during Ramadan. As you are aware, Maserati currently produces just 4 models lines – the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio. The addition of the Levante to the line-up is a major milestone for us. Considering the SUV affinity of the region, we expect it to become one of our most important models.”
Levante is a true image of the Maserati brand, with its distinctive Italian character. The aggressive front the tapered headlights separated into two elements with the upper headlight unit connected to the radiator grille. Maserati’s design signature is clearly visible on the sides: the three iconic air vents on the front wings, the trapezoidal C-pillar with the ‘Saetta’ logo and the large, frameless door windows.
At a technical level, 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 new SUV boasts a high level of content as standard, with all versions featuring: sophisticated electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs, which can be set on several levels, “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission specially calibrated for the brand’s new SUV.
When it comes to power units, the Levante is equipped with both petrol and diesel engines that are all Euro6-compliant.
The Maserati Levante is built at the Mirafiori plant in Turin; the first cars have already come off the assembly line with the launch planned for this spring in Europe, to be followed by the rest of the world later this year.