Maserati’s upcoming Levante SUV has been brought a little closer to reality this week, thanks to a new speculative rendering.
This image, produced for enthusiast site TopSpeed, builds on an existing shot of Maserati’s first swing at a new SUV design: the 2011 Kubang concept.
The new rendering may be more accurate than most guesses, however, thanks to a series of design patent application drawings that surfaced online in May.
In line with those images, this new rendering upgrades the Kubang’s face with new headlights, high-mounted foglights and a broad new lower grille design.
A closer look reveals a tigther curve and sharper fold to the character line that reaches across the back quarter and into the rear doors.
A larger version of Maserati’s familiar three-port fender vents can also be seen, while a taller and more practical roofline stretches toward the rear.
The Levante is expected to make its market debut in the coming year, and a debut for either September's Frankfurt Motor Show or January's Detroit Auto Show is believed to be on the cards.
Watch for more on the new Maserati SUV to surface in the months ahead, and catch our earlier coverage below.
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