Maserati Levante SUV Sparks Burning QuestionsFebruary 2nd, 2015 by David Beran
Dad wants a Maserati and mom wants an SUV – what gives?
Will Maserati’s Levante SUV be the crossover solution that keeps both parties happy? This is just one of the burning questions about the lauded luxury car manufacturer’s first foray into the sport utility realm. The Levante will commence production in Italy this year and is projected to be unveiled during the September Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s ultimately expected to hit showrooms for the 2016 model year.
Originally scheduled to be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, plans are now calling for the design to be derived from Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans. Speculation and questions abound. Will it follow the trend in SUVs leaning toward luxury and will it employ the Maserati design to be exceedingly striking? How will it stack up to the Bentley SUV, also slated to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show?
The Honda CR-V garnered Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year for 2014 and top rating by Edmunds on the wings of strong sales, fuel-efficiency and revamped styling and features. Plans call for the Levante to sport a wider track and sit higher than the Ghibli and it will only be available in all-wheel drive.
Top secret test drives of Levante mules have been conducted in Germany and northern Sweden. Available in two V6 engines equipped with 350 and an impressive 425 hp, the Levante will mirror Maserati’s Kubang Concept SUV.
SUV sales saw a 12% spike from December 2013 to December 2014 and with lower gas prices that trend is expected to continue. Reports have GMC contemplating adding an SUV to its brand with rugged features like all terrain tires to vie for market share with Fiat Chrysler’s popular Jeep Wrangler.
The Levante’s production volume will begin modestly with sales estimates ranging between 10,000 and 15,000 units a year. Maserati is expected to ramp up production to meet the ambitious goal of 75,000 units in worldwide sales by 2018.
David Beran is a Copywriter at 4 Wheel Parts, deriving inspiration from the muse of Maserati.
About the Author: David Beran
As a professional inkspiller living in Los Angeles, I’ve written in industries ranging from entertainment to employment to automotive. Terrain I cover includes off-road events and races, budget builds, custom mods, EVs and the latest innovations in aftermarket 4x4 parts. I’m always eager to learn about new trends in 4x4s and my motto is “go off-road or go home.” Google+ is the destination for my dispatches: https://plus.google.com/+DavidBeran/posts.