Maserati's first-ever SUV, the Levante, has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Unsurprisingly, the high-riding performance crossover's final form is virtually identical to patent images filed last year.
The Maserati Levante might have proportions unlike any other Maserati, but the family resemblence is there in the gaping front grill, wide haunches with pronounced rear fender flares, narrow headlamps and the Maserati's signature triple "porthole" air-vents on the front quarter panels.
Frameless windows are an oddity for an SUV, and the Levante's silhouette reveals a more hatch-like profile with just a tiny opera window behind the rear doors (rather than a more conventional estate-style window between the C and D pillars).
Maserati is hanging on to the Levante's tech specs for now, saying only that its "chassis is designed to combine the outstanding on-road performance typical of every Maserati with unrivalled handling even on very low-grip surfaces and an excellent off-road performance and ride".
However, smart money says to expect an engine range that will include the turbocharged petrol and diesel V6s used by the Maserati Ghibli, with a range-topping V8 with roughly 430kW also possible.
All-wheel-drive will be standard, as will an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Full details will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, with the Levante set to go on sale in the European market immediately after.
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