From the images we can see the design is not a clone of the Kubang concept vehicle from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, but the design language is similar. The front is aggressive with slim headlights, large intakes, and an extra-large version of Maserati’s corporate grille. The strong rear fenders flow into the taillights, and the look of the rear mixes a bit of Porsche Cayenne with Alfa Romeo Giulia.
Set to be unveiled next month at the Geneva Motor Show, the Levante will be based on a modified version of the rear-wheel-drive underpinnings from the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans. Size-wise, it’s slightly shorter than the mid-size Ghibli.
Power should come from a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, and, while the leaked specs don’t show it, a 3.8-liter V-8 is likely in the cards as well. Expect the most powerful version to carry at least 500 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission will shuttle power to all four wheels through Maserati’s own all-wheel-drive system.
Production is set to take place at the Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy.