Maserati, the Italian supercar maker owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , published the first pictures of its big new SUV, the Levante. The car will make its impression at the Geneva Car Show in early March. The SUV is expected to hit showrooms in North America within the year.
The Levante will offer electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs, Q4 all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission across all of its versions.
It is expected to be available in gasoline and diesel engines. These are expected to include a V6 diesel, and V-8 gasoline engines with up to 580 hp.
Exterior looks great and has generally managed to carry over the design language of its coupes and sedans — the lithe GranTurismo, Quattroporte, and Ghibli — without blowing things up into odd proportions. The production launch will happen early this year in Europe, followed by other markets “later this year.”