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2016 Maserati Levante

2016 Maserati Levante
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The Italian Trident goes big

We saw Maserati’s Kubang Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and just a short time later, Maserati confirmed that a production version would eventually grace showrooms. It may have taken five years, but Maserati finally pulled the sheet off of the Maserati Levante and marked its entrance to the flourishing SUV market at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. On the outside, Maserati’s new SUV/Crossover is brilliantly stunning and puts the BMW X6, for example, to shame in terms of styling. Inside, there is no mistaking the Levante as a Maserati, since the brand took styling cues from its sedan lineup. Leather upholstery is standard, with a high-grade leather used on upper trim levels, there are 12-way adjustable seats up front, and an 8.4-inch display in the dash. Under the hood, there is a total of three engine packages available ranging from 275 horsepower up to a decent 430.

The whole purpose of the Levante, aside from entering the SUV/Crossover market, is to boost sales up to 50,000 units a year globally. That’s a pretty tall order for a vehicle that some fear strays a little too far away from the brand’s roots. With models like the BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne as main competitors, the Levante has some work to do. So, now we’re left with this questions: Is the Levante worthy of its trident badge, and can’t it really stand up against its German Rivals?

The truth is that we don’t know yet, but check out our review below to find out for yourself.

Updated 03/31/2016: Maserati dropped a series of new video for its new Levante SUV. Hit "play" to watch them!

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2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo

2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo

The V-8-powered Levante you’ve been asking for!

Introduced in 2017, the Levante is Maserati’s first-ever SUV and the company’s big bet on becoming a much more profitable brand within FCA. Stylish yet sporty, the Levante successfully blends the aggressive lines of the iconic GranTurismo and the elegant cues of the Quattroporte sedan, all with a modern twist. Available with both gasoline and diesel V-6 engines, the Levante was a big success in its first year on the market. But, something was missing from the lineup from the very beginning: a beefed-up version that would compete against high-performance SUVs from BMW M, Mercedes-AMG, and Porsche. Fortunately, Maserati had it covered all along and launched the Levante Trofeo, a V-8 model with more than 500 horsepower.

Powered by the same Ferrari-built engine that motivates the Quattroporte GTS, but with revised internals and significantly more oomph, the Trofeo is Italy’s answer to the BMW X5 M, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and the Mercedes-AMG GLE63. The Lamborghini Urus doesn’t count here since it’s awfully expensive by comparison. The new engine is backed by a more aggressive exterior with unique features, as well as a bespoke interior with added luxury and carbon-fiber trim. The Levante Trofeo is indeed ready to hit the track, as its name suggests, and it seems that the Germans have yet another reason to worry about.

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The Levante Trofeo Proves That Maserati Knew What it Was Doing When It Ventured into the SUV Market

The Levante Trofeo Proves That Maserati Knew What it Was Doing When It Ventured into the SUV Market

The most powerful Levante is a fitting cap on top of a successful product

When Maserati first announced plans to build an SUV back in 2011, not many people took the company seriously. It didn’t help the Italian automaker’s cause when it took five years for the production model to arrive. As it turns out, all that waiting was for a reason. The Levante not only proved to be a popular model — over 10,000 units sold worldwide in 2017 — it also paved the way for the Levante Trofeo to get showcased at the 2018 New York Auto Show. From ambitious beginnings to a full-fledged, Ferrari-powered range-topper, Maserati apparently knew what it was doing all along.

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Maserati Levante Trofeo grabs Porsche Cayenne Turbo by the throat with V-8 engine

Maserati Levante Trofeo grabs Porsche Cayenne Turbo by the throat with V-8 engine

The most powerful Maserati you can buy!

Launched in 2017, the Levante is Maserati’s first foray into the ever-growing SUV market and the company’s answer to the all-popular Porsche Cayenne. But even though it was received with rave reviews and delivered solid performance from its V-6 engine, the Levante didn’t have what it took to challenge high-speed SUVs like the Cayenne Turbo S and BMW X5 M. Until today, when Maserati unveiled the Levante Trofeo at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Named after the brand’s Trofeo racing series and a race car it built until 2010, the SUV finally received the V-8 engine it deserves and access to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo’s audience.

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Maserati Teases What Could be the Levante GTS or the Levante Plug-in Hybrid

Maserati Teases What Could be the Levante GTS or the Levante Plug-in Hybrid

Is it more speed, or more miles?

Just one day ahead of a full reveal at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Maserati is teasing what could only be some new version of the Italian brand’s Levante SUV. Making its debut in full-fledged production form back in 2016 at the Geneva International Motor Show, the mid-size luxury ‘ute is the Trident Badge’s first-ever SUV segment competitor. Now, it’s looking like the nameplate will expand to include either a pumped-up go-faster GTS model, or an efficiency-minded plug-in hybrid, as previewed by the above-pictured teaser image.

If what we’re looking at is indeed a GTS, expect it to gain a significant power boost, ditching the older model’s 424-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 in favor of the twin-turbo V-8 out of the Quattroporte GTS. If that’s the case, output could get retuned to deliver as much as 570 ponies, with the suspension, brakes, and exterior styling all revamped to match.

Alternatively, the Levante could be taking cues from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for extra mpg at the pump, adding electric motivation to the mix.

Look for complete details when Maserati pulls the sheets tomorrow in New York.

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Wallpaper of the day: 2016 Maserati Levante

Wallpaper of the day: 2016 Maserati Levante

2016 Maserati Levante
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Maserati Stops Production of its Models

Maserati Stops Production of its Models

It’s not the first time this has happened, and it probably won’t be the last either

Maserati is having a hard time selling its vehicles recently, and as a result, the Italian automaker is stopping production on most of its vehicles until January 15. According to Automotive News Europe, Maserati will halt production of the Ghibli and Quattroporte for the next month. Likewise, production of the GranTurismo and Grancabrio models have been put on hold until January 8 while the Levante’s production will stop from December 20 to January 15.

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Maserati Debuts Nerissimo Package for Three Cars in Los Angeles

Maserati Debuts Nerissimo Package for Three Cars in Los Angeles

All-black exteriors for Ghibli, Quattroporte, and Levante

With just four vehicles in its lineup, one of which is already extremely old by modern standards, it’s not surprising that Maserati doesn’t have much to brag about at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. However, the Italian firm used the event to introduce the Nerissimo Package for the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, and the Levante SUV. Meaning "extremely black" in Italian, the Nerissimo package isn’t exactly new. Maserati actually launched it this spring with the Ghibli Nerissimo Edition, a limited-edition model with a blacked-out exterior and a bespoke interior. So this new release is pretty much about turning it into a regular package for the Ghibli and adding it to the Quattroporte and Levante crossover.

Much like the special edition introduced earlier in 2017, the Nerissimo package turns the exterior almost pitch black. The Nero paint is combined with black chrome trim just about anywhere on the body, including the front grille and the window frames. The trunk lid trim, side air vents, Trident logo, C-pillars badges, and engine and vehicle designation. The exterior is rounded off by black exhaust tips. However, unlike the Nerrisimo Edition, this package comes with two additional paint options, Nero Ribelle and Grigio Maratea. The former is also black, while the latter is a dark grey metallic color.

There’s no word on what changes inside the cabin, but if the first Ghibli limited-edition model is any indication, all cars should get black leather, Dark Mirror trim, red stitching, and red gearshift paddles.

Alongside the new Nerissimo Package, Maserati also showcased 2018-model-year upgrades. The Ghibli and Quattroporte now feature Adaptive full LED headlights with glare-free high-beam, as well as an uprated 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 424 horsepower instead of 404. The mill also features the new, performance-enhancing Integrated Vehicle Control system (IVC) developed by Bosch.

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2018 Maserati Levante GTS

2018 Maserati Levante GTS

A monster Maserati SUV

Maserati’s full-size luxury performance SUV was first unveiled as the Kubang concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The production model was then officially unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show in March. When it finally broke cover, the details were impressive – the exterior was pure Italian premium goodness, the cabin was opulent and well appointed, and a good dose of adrenaline was waiting under the hood. However, it’s looking like an even more exciting Levante is just over the horizon, and we think it’ll have a meaner look, more driver’s goodies inside, and two additional turbocharged cylinders.

So where would we get a crazy idea like that? Well, back in April, Autoblog asked Maserati if it could fit its top-spec 523-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, the same powerplant it shoehorned into the Quattroporte GTS, into its first-ever SUV. The answer was an unequivocal “yes.” What’s more, Davide Danesin, the head of Maserati vehicle programs, reported that the Trident already had a prototype of the combo in hand, leading high-performance SUV enthusiasts everywhere to begin salivating uncontrollably. And while it’s still possible Maserati will axe the project outright, odds are a Levante GTS will become a thing sooner or later.

In anticipation of that day, we created the following rendering and speculative review.

Updated 10/06/2017: The upcoming Maserati Levante GTS was caught testing for the first time in the sunny and hot parts of Europe.

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Maserati Opens The Door For a Second SUV

Maserati Opens The Door For a Second SUV

The Levante’s success has Maserati pondering another SUV

Say what you will about the sudden rush among automakers to enter the SUV market, but the numbers don’t lie. SUVs are arguably the most popular segment in the industry today and everyone wants a piece of it. Take Maserati for example. The Italian automaker best known for its line of performance and luxury machines launched the Levante SUV back in 2016 and it’s already posting strong sales numbers, according to company boss Reid Bigland. The success of the Levante has now opened the possibility for Maserati to double down on the market with a new SUV.

To be clear, Bigland stopped short of actually confirming the company’s plans to build another SUV, opting only to say that if “customer preference continues to evolve,” Maserati will take that into strong consideration should it decide that the Levante would need a running-mate to compete against a field of strong competitors. There’s already a precedent for Maserati to think in this terms, specifically the way Porsche has managed to parlay the Cayenne’s popularity to create a family of models that now includes the Macan. As it stands, the Levante is already on pace to sell 25,000 units this year after posting 14,000 sold units of the model in 2016. It certainly wouldn’t be shocking to see the Italian automaker to move in the direction of adding another SUV to its lineup. The question now is how and when it’s going to do it.

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2017 Maserati Levante Esteso By Novitec

2017 Maserati Levante Esteso By Novitec

This is what a Maserati Levante should look like when it goes through the aftermarket tuning scene

Let me put this out there. The Maserati Levante SUV is not getting as much love as it should. Think about it. The premium SUV market is dominated by the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X6, and Mercedes-Benz GLE. Go a little bit further and SUVs like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Jaguar F-Pace, Bentley Bentayga and even the yet-to-be released Lamborghini Urus and Rolls-Royce Cullinan are getting more publicity than the Levante. It’s a shame because the Maserati SUV is arguably the best-looking of all of them and its 430-horsepower output isn’t anything to sneeze at. Thankfully, the aftermarket tuning world has not forgotten about the Levante and we see that on full display with Novitec’s Esteso program that helps the SUV achieve power levels to the tune of 494 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque.

Those numbers may still fall short of what other automakers are offering with their stock SUVs, but don’t mistake that for a weakness on the Levante’s part. After all, 494 horsepower is still a load to deal with. Add that to a full wide-body kit from Novitec that includes pretty much everything but the kitchen sink and you get a Levante that not only looks the part of a sporty and aggressive SUV, but one that also performs like one. So in the absence of hype relative to what other SUVs are getting, let Novitec’s Esteso program remind us of the Levante’s potential to look and perform just as well as its competitors in its segment.

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2017 Maserati Levante by Mansory

2017 Maserati Levante by Mansory

How would you like splashes of aggression on your Maserati Levante?

To say that the Geneva Motor Show was busy would be a hilarious understatement. Really, have your heads stopped spinning now? So many things happened at the world’s biggest auto show that it’s hard to comprehend the sheer volume of debuts we saw in the last few days. That’s especially true in the aftermarket scene where some of the biggest tuners in the business were out in droves, presenting the latest programs for some of the most premium cars in the market today.

Take Mansory for example. The tuner is a regular staple in Geneva, and this year, it brought with it a total of six project cars, including this insane Maserati Levante that not only screams attention, but in large part, demands it too. And why wouldn’t it? After all, this is one of the first programs available for the premium SUV, and it packs a load of new features, including power upgrades amounting to decent gains of 465 horsepower for the Levante S. That adds 35 ponies to the SUV’s standard output of 430 horsepower.

Okay, so it’s not as mind-blowing of a power increase as some of Mansory’s other projects. But the tuner more than makes up for it with extensive upgrades in other areas of the Levante, including a rather preposterously aggressive wide body kit provides more than just the usual visual enhancements of like-minded programs before it. Interior upgrades are also a highlight of the program, that is if customers prefer the kind of bombastic updates that the tuner is known for.

All told, Mansory’s program for the Levante SUV may not be for everyone, but for those who like their kits hot with extra servings of spice, this kit is going to get your attention in more ways than one.

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2017 Maserati Levante by Startech

2017 Maserati Levante by Startech

Brabus-owned tuner gets aggressive on Maserati’s premium SUV

This time last year, Maserati was preparing to unveil the Levante SUV at the Geneva Motor Show. Not only was it a signal of the Italian automaker’s intentions to go all-in on the premium SUV market, but it also marked a big move to expand its own lineup past the usual coupes and sedans that it was offering. Fast forward to this week and the Maserati Levante is once again headed to Geneva, although this time, it’s German tuner Starch that’s bringing the SUV with it to the biggest auto show in the world.

The Brabus-owned aftermarket firm is no stranger to these types of events since it’s been a regular fixture in Geneva over the past few years. But that was then, and this is now. And as far as “now” goes, the Levante is taking center stage at the Startech booth where it will be showcased in full aftermarket regalia, complete with a new body kit, a massive set of wheels, and the promise of interior and engine upgrades, both of which will come at a later date.

So yes, it’s technically an incomplete program, but don’t take that against Startech. If anything, the strategy to showcase just a part of the full Levante tuning experience can be seen as a way to build up the kit ahead of when the interior amenities and the power and performance boosts are ready to be unveiled. That’s certainly one of way looking at it and for what it’s worth - literally and figuratively - the aerodynamic body kit Startech prepared for the Levante does warrant a place in Geneva.

Now if only the tuner had a definite timetable and when the interior and performance upgrades will arrive…

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Maserati Eyeing High-Performance Levante SUV; No Plans For New Sports Car Until 2020

Maserati Eyeing High-Performance Levante SUV; No Plans For New Sports Car Until 2020

The changing fates of both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models could push Maserati towards a high-performance Levante

If there’s anything the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has taught us, it’s that there’s plenty of room for high-performance SUVs in the premium SUV market. Now, it seems that Alfa Romeo’s sister brand, Maserati, is gearing up to join in on the fun as the Italian automaker has expressed interest in launching a high-performance version of the Levante SUV.

Maserati global operations chief Alberto Cavaggioni made the proclamation, telling Autocar that the company is open to the possibility, provided that it can make a good business case for it. Ah yes, that all-too familiar “business case” phrase. It’s the automotive equivalent of “we’ll see” that parents tell their children when the little ones want to buy a toy.

On a more serious note, Cavaggioni pointed out that Maserati has the capability to introduce a performance version of the Levante SUV. For one, it has a 3.8-liter V-8 engine that it can use for the SUV. It’s the same engine that powers the Quattroporte sedan and it’s good for 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, putting it right smack in the middle of the 505-horsepower Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV and the 542-horsepower Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

The concern – because there always has to be one – is whether a high-performance Levante can move the needle in a market that’s become increasingly more competitive. It’s not just the Stelvio QV and the F-Pace SVR that Maserati has to contend with. Other models like BMW’s entire lineup of M SUVs also populate the segment, as does Mercedes-AMG with the likes of the AMG GLE. Even Audi has expressed interest in beefing up its RS line to add more SUVs into the mix.

If Maserati does push forward with a performance version of the Levante, Cavaggioni says that it needs to be “justified by volumes.” It’s admittedly easier said than done, but given how so many brands have already made that leap, Maserati may not have a choice but to take that plunge since it has a lot riding on the SUV to carry the company in the next few years.

It’s especially more crucial for a performance Levante to enter the fray in light of conflicting reports regarding the status of both GranTurismo and GranCabrio models. Remember, Maserati Europe general manager Giulio Pastore told Autocar that both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models will get updated in 2018 and 2019, respectively. But a new report from Car Magazine also quotes Pastore hinting that Maserati could go three years (2018 to 2020) without a sports car in its lineup.

Whatever happens to both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models, one thing appears clear, at least from the outside. A high-performance Levante SUV is an important model for the Italian automaker. The only question is whether Maserati wants to make that leap.

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2016 Maserati Levante

2016 Maserati Levante

The Italian Trident goes big

We saw Maserati’s Kubang Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and just a short time later, Maserati confirmed that a production version would eventually grace showrooms. It may have taken five years, but Maserati finally pulled the sheet off of the Maserati Levante and marked its entrance to the flourishing SUV market at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. On the outside, Maserati’s new SUV/Crossover is brilliantly stunning and puts the BMW X6, for example, to shame in terms of styling. Inside, there is no mistaking the Levante as a Maserati, since the brand took styling cues from its sedan lineup. Leather upholstery is standard, with a high-grade leather used on upper trim levels, there are 12-way adjustable seats up front, and an 8.4-inch display in the dash. Under the hood, there is a total of three engine packages available ranging from 275 horsepower up to a decent 430.

The whole purpose of the Levante, aside from entering the SUV/Crossover market, is to boost sales up to 50,000 units a year globally. That’s a pretty tall order for a vehicle that some fear strays a little too far away from the brand’s roots. With models like the BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne as main competitors, the Levante has some work to do. So, now we’re left with this questions: Is the Levante worthy of its trident badge, and can’t it really stand up against its German Rivals?

The truth is that we don’t know yet, but check out our review below to find out for yourself.

Updated 03/31/2016: Maserati dropped a series of new video for its new Levante SUV. Hit "play" to watch them!

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Maserati Hopes Its Profits Will Increase Once Levante Out

Maserati Hopes Its Profits Will Increase Once Levante Out

Maserati has been passed from owner to owner so many times over the years that at certain points it would have been reasonable to expect to find it at a garage sale. But under Fiat ownership, the company briefly seemed to have turned around, with last year being the automakers best sales year in its 100-year history. And now profits are already falling again, down by a whopping 30 percent so far from last year. This is partly due to falling sales, which are down 13 percent, but also because many of those who would have bought the more expensive 2014-2015 Maserati Quattroporte flagship sedan are now instead opting for the cheaper 2014-2015 Maserati Ghibli. Imported luxury car sales are down in China as well, although this is not a uniquely Maserati problem.

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has placed his faith in the upcoming 2016 Maserati Levante, saying that the company will return to profitability once the SUV hits showrooms early next year. There is quite a good chance that this is true, and there is certainly a precedent for it, but FCA investors are worried. This is a pretty major stumbling block for Maserati to hit so early on in its revival, and it doesn’t bode well for the upcoming Alfa Romeo revival.

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Maserati Levante Revealed In Design Patents

Maserati Levante Revealed In Design Patents

We’ve seen prototypes of the new Maserati Levante out and about for some road testing in Germany and cold-weather testing in Sweden, but so far, the camo applied to its exterior has done an exquisite job of hiding the new SUV’s true lines. Now, however, we get a black-and-white peek at Maserati’s upcoming crossover, thanks to a leaked set of design patent images the marque filed in Australia early last month.

Visually, the design stays true to the original styling first previewed in 2011 with the Kubang concept. That particular SUV, which broke cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show, was a fresh take on the first Kubang concept that Maserati served up way back in 2003. 

Reports indicate the Levante will come with four engine options. For the U.S. market, Maserati could offer a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 producing 410 horsepower, and a top-range twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 producing 530 horsepower. Meanwhile, the Europeans might enjoy a diesel engine and a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Routing the power will be a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The Modena-based Maserati Product Development Department is responsible for developing the performance settings on the suspension, brakes and steering. Grip will come via Maserati’s new high-performance AWD system.

Production is slated to begin in March, 2016, with an expected annual sales target of 37,000 units by 2018. 

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Maserati Levante Set to Debut in 2016

Maserati Levante Set to Debut in 2016

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.

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Maserati Plans No Porsche Macan Rival Anytime Soon

Maserati Plans No Porsche Macan Rival Anytime Soon

Although the upcoming Levante SUV is no more than a jacked-up Ghibli sedan as of March 2015, some reports are already talking about Maserati’s plans to build a smaller crossover that would compete against the likes of the Porsche Macan and Audi Q5. And while such a scenario might put a smile on some faces, Maserati is not yet willing to expand in the luxury crossover market. At least that’s what Maserati boss Harald Wester had to say.

"We are an extremely complex multi-brand group and to have everyone doing a little bit of everything is not the right way. We have nameplates that cover that ground, or that plan to cover that ground," Wester told AutoCar. With the Levante still a year away from its official reveal, it makes sense for Wester to rule out a new product, but that’s likely to change once Maserati gets a taste of the impact an SUV can have on its global sales.

"In this business, you should never say ’no’ in a dogmatic way, but my personal opinion is that Maserati wouldn’t want to go below the Levante in size," he added, hinting that the Italians might change their strategy over the next few years.

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Spy Shots: Maserati Levante Testing in Cold Weather

Spy Shots: Maserati Levante Testing in Cold Weather

Expected to debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the 2016 Maserati Levante has yet to show its production face in public, with only the Kubang remaining the only indication as to how the performance crossover may look. SUV enthusiasts shouldn’t worry though, as the Italians have been testing what will eventually become the Levante since late 2014, albeit only as a deformed mule with a perched Ghibli body. Seen for the very first time in November 2014, the prototype was spotted once again by our skilled paparazzi, this time around undergoing cold-weather testing in wintery Sweden.

The mule’s destination is not at all surprising. This SUV needs to be both reliable and fun to drive in just about any conditions, especially since Maserati plans to sell it all over the world. The Levante has the Porsche Cayenne to bark at once it hits showrooms and it seems the Italians are willing to test it in the most harsh conditions before moving onto the next stage of development. The SUV is likely to travel to the warmer areas of Europe as spring kicks in, but for now, the folks in charge of the project are stuck in a sub-zero climate.

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Spy Shots: Maserati Levante Testing in Germany

Spy Shots: Maserati Levante Testing in Germany

It’s been three years since Maserati introduced the Kubang concept and the company’s first ever SUV, which is dubbed the Levante, has yet to hit the streets. No need to worry though, the Levante is still coming to a dealership near you, the Italians just need a bit more time to put it all together. The SUV is expected to debut in September 2015 at the Frankfurt Auto Show and it appears Maserati has already begun testing it on public roads. Don’t let the camouflaged Ghibli body fool you, what we’re looking at is an early mule of what will become the first utility vehicle wearing a Trident badge.

The prototype our spy photographers caught testing with German plates may be horrendous to look at, but the Ghibli body’s presence is not at all surprising. The Levante itself is based on the midsize sedan, meaning it will inherit both its platform and drivetrains. Sure, underpinnings will be modified to enable the SUV to tackle the great outdoors, but everything from the all-wheel-drive system to the V-6 engines will be transferred from the Ghibli.

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Maserati Alfieri Could Make it to Production; SUV Arrives Next Year

Anybody who got hyped for the Maserati Alfieri Concept — the car we named the sexiest at Geneva during out first-ever podcast — at Geneva this week has more reason to be excited now, as the sports car could hit production sooner than later. Although it seemed more like a formality than anything else, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s comments to Reuters pretty much cemented what everyone who salivated over the Alfieri Concept has been hoping to hear. In the event that Maserati green lights production of the Alfieri, as we expect it to do, Marchionne already has a production timeline in mind.

"The platforms and motors are there," Marchionne said. "Technically, production could start in 24-28 months."

That’s two years from now, giving a lot of us enough time to fill up those piggy banks in anticipation for that time. But for those who can’t wait the two years, Maserati has an alternative and equally attractive model with a shorter timeline: the Levante SUV.

According to Marchionne, production of the Levante is set to commence next year at the company’s Mirafiori plant in northern Italy, meaning that it’s likely that the Levante will arrive in dealerships sooner than the production version of the Alfieri Concept.

It does stand to reason that Maserati’s aggressive lineup expansion is more than just lip service. The company is shoving all its chips on the table and for all of us, that’s a beautiful thing.

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Maserati announces new Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante

Maserati announces new Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante

Maserati has kept itself busy during the 2012 Paris Motor Show: Not only did they unveil the new GranCabrio MC, but they also announced the names of three much-awaited future Maserati products. The new vehicles will join the company’s line-up in an attempt to hit a sales target of 50,000 units per year by 2015.

The first model to arrive on the market will be the new generation Quattroporte - a sports luxury sedan that will continue the 50-year success story that began in 1963. If rumors are to be trusted, we will see this model in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Next, there will be the long rumored baby Quattroporte - a new high-end E segment four-door sedan. The new model will be called Ghibli – a name used on a Gran Turismo car produced between 1966–73 and then from 1992–97. It will arrive on the market a few months after the new generation Quattroporte.

Finally, the production version of the Kubang Concept will be called the Levante. The SUV takes its name from the Via Emilia Levante in Bologna, where the Maserati brothers, almost a century ago, dreamt of the company that today still bears their name. The Levante will be unveiled in 2014 - just in time to celebrate Maserati’s centennial.

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