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The new 2017 Maserati Levante has made its official debut at this week’s Geneva motor show, ahead of an Australian launch set to occur early next year.

Based on the same platform that underpins both the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, the SUV is said to boast the most aerodynamically efficient body in its class, with a coefficient of drag of 0.31.

The Levante will be offered with three Ferrari-developed engine choices. On the petrol side is the company’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo direct-injection V6, which is available in two trims: 261kW and 321kW.

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In terms of performance, the entry-level 261kW version is said to be capable of a 0-100km/h time of six seconds, before hitting a top speed of 251km/h.

The 321kW version can complete the 0-100km/h dash in 5.2 seconds, while its v-max is rated at 264km/h.

There’s also a 205kW 3.0-litre direct-injection turbo-diesel V6 that can reportedly complete the 0-100km/h standard in 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 230km/h.

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Both petrol and diesel drivetrains are equipped with a standard eight-speed automatic and a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, still branded Q4 after the company’s deal with Audi regarding the Q2 and Q4 nameplates.

The Levante’s suspension features double wishbones at the front, a five-link rear setup, height adjustable air springs, and electronically controlled Skyhook shock absorbers.

The company has also revealed the Levante’s leather-clad interior for the first time. The infotainment unit features an 8.4-inch capacitive touchscreen and can be paired to a Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

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Australia

According to Ateco, Maserati’s local distributor, the Levante will go on sale in Australia and New Zealand from early 2017.

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