Get your first look at the first-ever Maserati SUV at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The Maserati Levante is one of more than 100 world premiere and North American premieres and the popular show, which opens to the public on Friday, March 25th. I’ll be there for two days of media-only previews on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Maserati Levante is the first SUV in the brand’s more than one hundred year history, and it joins other luxury carmakers including Porsche, Jaguar and even Bentley in launching SUVs. And, of course, luxury brand Land Rover has added SUV models including the stylish Evoque.
The new Maserati SUV completes what the Italian carmaker calls the existing range of saloon (that’s what sedans are called outside the USA) and sports cars, extending the offering together with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio models.
Here’s a peek at the new Maserati SUV:
Here’s what Maserati tells www.nyconthecheap.com about the new SUV:
The design of the Levante features clear associations with the Maserati brand and its distinctive Italian character: the aggressive front introduces new, 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. The rear is dominated by the very tapered back window and streamlined shape, both typical of a high-performance sports car.
At a technical level, the Levante’s chassis is designed to combine the outstanding on-road performance typical of every Maserati with 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.
No price has been announced.