According to Autovisie, Maserati's first SUV will debut at the 2016 Detroit show, which starts on January 12. The car will then go into production from March in Italy.
The Levante, as the crossover shall be christened, will be strictly a five-seater affair. Balancing practicality, luxury and sporty handling, the Levante is envisaged as a competitor to the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.
Above and below: The 2011 Maserati Kubang concept.
The Dutch publication believes that the Levante will be offered with a diesel engine, two Ferrari-built petrol motors, and a plug-in hybrid variant further down the track.
If their sources are correct, the V6 petrol engine will reportedly be offered in 260kW and 335kW forms, while the V8 engine will crank out 430-plus kilowatts of power. Four-wheel drive will apparently be standard, at least initially.
Earlier reports indicated that the Levante will use the "Giorgio" rear- and all-wheel drive platform that will serve as the basis of Alfa Romeo's upcoming RWD challenger to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Maserati expects that, by 2017, the Levante will account for around half of the company's annual sales.