A new set of design patent application illustrations has delivered a first look at Maserati’s coming Levante SUV, due early next year.
The concept’s large swept-back headlights have been replaced with a more conventional design, while a pair of large fog lights are sandwiched tightly above a new air dam design.
The Levante’s profile will retain the same long, tapered roofline that debuted with the Kubang concept, although the sketches here reveal a longer glasshouse and a more angular look to the inside edge of the D-pillar.
These renderings follow the official release of a business plan in 2014 that detailed a set of petrol and diesel engine, including 257kW and 312kW versions of a petrol V6, a 412kW petrol V8, and a diesel in 184kW, 202kW and 250kW tunes.
When it debuts in 2016, the Levante will take on Porsche’s Cayenne and the Range Rover Sport in the high-end prestige SUV arena, along with models like the BMW X6, the Mercedes GLE Coupe and the coming Jaguar F-Pace.