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.
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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.


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.


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.



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