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Geneva LIVE: 2017 Maserati Levante

by Drew Johnson

The Levante is Maserati\'s answer to the Porsche Cayenne.

Maserati has reveled the 2017 Levante, its first-ever SUV.

Although inspired by the Kubang concept that debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, it's clear that Maserati designers have been tweaking the SUV's look over the last five years. The production-intent Levante features a more serious looking front end with headlights that have adopted a horizontal treatment. A large, concave grille remains — complete with the Maserati logo on the middle — but the lower section of the utility vehicle's bumper has been reworked for a more up-scale appearance.

The side of the Levante features Maserati's signature portholes, as well as a rear fender character line that mimic the ones found on the Quattroporte sedan. The rear of the Levante features a sharply-raked tailgate and sporty-looking quad exhaust outlets.

Leaked interior shots reveal the Levante uses Maserati's familiar cabin layout, including steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to reflect the SUV's athletic nature. This particular model is outfitted with red leather that exemplifies Maserati's Italian flair.

Also leaked was a screen shot of the Levante's option sheet. According to the leak, the Levante will be available in at least three different trim levels — 350, 430 and Diesel. The Levante 350 will use a turbocharged 3.0L V6 and will presumably pack 350 horsepower. It will be capable of accelerating from 0-62 in 6.3 seconds, with a top speed of 151mph. The Levante 430 will use the same 3.0L V6, but probably tuned to 430 horsepower. It will sprint from 0-62 in 5.2 seconds and have a 164mph top speed.

The Levante Diesel, which will likely be limited to the European market, will use a 3.0L V6 of unspecified horsepower. The oil-burning Levante will be capable of accelerating from 0-62 in 6.9 seconds and will be capable of hitting 143mph. Although not listed, it's believed that the Levante will also be available with a V8 engine tuned with input from Ferrari. That eight-cylinder model should be good for 580 horsepower.

Live photos by Ronan Glon.

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