The Maserati Levante Breaks Ground as the Marque’s First SUV [BREAKING NEWS]

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Maserati announces the first SUV in its history.
On- and off-road performance pairs an electronic suspension with intelligent Q4 all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Available with standard and diesel engines.
Release date is set for spring in Europe with global distribution by end of the year.
Announced today, the new Maserati Levante is the marque’s first foray into the sports utility fray and will debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, March 3 through 13. An off-road leviathan, the Levante trail blazes a new path for the over 100-year-old automobile manufacturer, while maintaining the legacy of high-performance and lush aesthetic that the trident insignia has come to symbolize.

Designed to excel on multiple terrains with equal aplomb, the racer-esque SUV features an electronic suspension with air springs and controlled damping that can be adjusted to several settings, depending on conditions encountered. The premier power train also includes Maserati’s intelligent Q4 all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Further technical specifics have yet to be released save for the fact that the model will be available with standard and diesel engines.

Distinctive exterior detailing includes an aggressive front end with tandem tapered headlights—the upper section flowing into the iconic radiator grill. The flanks are festooned with the brand’s instantly recognizable triad of air vents and its “Saetta” logo emblazoned near the streamlined back.

The Maserati Levante will be released into the wild by spring for the European market, followed by global distribution before the end of the year. Pricing has yet to be announced. (maseratiusa.com)

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