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Maserati Levante Bound For Detroit Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | May, 05 2015 | 2 Comments

Maserati’s new Levante SUV will make its world debut in January, according to a new report out of The Netherlands.

Previewed in 2011 as the ‘Kubang’ concept, the new Cayenne fighter was confirmed a year later, when Maserati also revealed its identity as the Levante.

An interview last year with business paper Reuters saw Fiat group boss Sergio Marchionne confirm a 2015 launch for the Levante, hinting at a Frankfurt or Los Angeles debut later this year.

Pictured top of article: Kubang-based Levante rendering, via alvovolante.it | Below: the 2011 Kubang concept.

A five-year business plan announced around the same time also pointed to a 2015 launch, with the new Alfieri coupe to follow in 2016.

Now, a new report with Dutch paper The Telegraaf, the new SUV’s unveiling has now been pushed out to January, focused instead on the Detroit Auto Show.

Maserati has yet to confirm any changes to its schedule, however, which means that a late 2015 unveiling may still be on the cards.

Above: sedan-based prototype for the new SUV.
Above: sedan-based prototype for the new SUV.

Last year’s business plan revealed that the new Levante will be offered with three engines in various states of tune: 257kW and 312kW versions of a petrol V6, a 412kW petrol V8, and a diesel in 184kW, 202kW and 250kW tunes.

The carmaker has yet to offer any major clues as to the Levante’s final design - if it deviates at all from the nearly four year-old Kubang concept - although we could see styling elements from the more streamlined Alfieri coupe appear.

Watch for more on the new Maserati SUV to come in the months ahead.

MORE: Levante | Maserati | Prestige SUVs

 
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