According to a report from Dutch publication, De Telegraaf, the Maserati Levante will debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show next January.

The Levante is yet another addition to the growing segment of luxury crossover SUVs that are there purely to be profit-drivers for their respective automakers. They in no way carry any sort of tradition, nor do they fit the mold of their builders. What they do is give struggling automakers the funds they need to build really cool cars moving forward. This is exactly why the public has grown to accept them.

According to reports, the Levante will debut with four available engines. One engine will be a diesel, which will likely not be a part of the American lineup, while the other engines will include two V-6s and a V-8.

The V-6 engines will likely be the same units used in the Ghibli. This means they’ll both be a 3.0-liters, but De Telegraaf states that their power will be north of 345 horsepower in the base Ghibli and the 404 horsepower in the Ghibli S. Reports are that the base 3.0-liter will hit the 350-horsepower mark, and the hotter V-6 will be around 450 ponies.

Maserati will tap Ferrari for its V-8 engine. The report claims that this V-8 – possibly a 3.8-liter – will produce upward of 580 horsepower.

Continue reading for more information on the 2017 Maserati Levante.

Why it Matters

Like all small automakers, Maserati needs funds flowing into the coffers, and a great luxury SUV has proven the perfect funnel to do such a thing, Regardless of how much traditionalists hate models like the Porsche Cayenne, the Porsche Macan, the BMW X3, etc., they inject massive amounts of cash into the budgets of R&D departments. This is exactly the idea behind the Levante, and I think that it will be a godsend for the small Italian automaker.

2017 Maserati Levante

Source: De Telegraaf

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