2017 Maserati Levante revealed in patent images

The Levante\'s silhouette was accurately previewed by the Kubang concept shown in 2011.

Leaked patent images have given us the best look yet at Maserati's first-ever crossover.

Called Levante, the off-roader falls in line with the Quattroporte and the Ghibli thanks to styling cues such as sharp upswept headlights, a hexagonal radiator grille with bold horizontal slats and three vents integrated into each fender. Moving further back, the Levante boasts pronounced haunches, Quattroporte-inspired tail lamps and four exhaust tips.

Overall, the Levante's silhouette was accurately previewed by the Kubang concept that was presented all the way back in 2011, but its front and rear fascia have been updated to reflect Maserati's newest design language.

What we know so farAn earlier report finds the Levante will launch with three engines: a 350-horsepower V6, a 450-horsepower V6 and a 580-horsepower V8 designed with input from sister company Ferrari. All three engines will send power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission controlled by shift paddles.

Aimed squarely at the Porsche Cayenne, the 2017 Maserati Levante will be presented to the public next January at the Detroit Motor Show. Production will kick off in March of next year, and the crossover will land in showrooms by the following summer. In Europe, prices are expected to range from €90,000 (about $100,000) for a base model powered by a turbodiesel V6 engine to €200,000 for a fully-loaded version equipped with a V8.

The Levante won't be cheap, but Maserati predicts it will become its best-selling model shortly after it goes on sale.

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