Maserati’s upcoming Levante SUV has been caught testing in Italy. The mule is seen in heavy camouflage. The vehicle spotted has been laden with weights on the roof it seems, to mimic the extra mass of the crossover. The SUV is seen with a high riding stance and hulk-like wheel arches to better suit its dual personality.
The unusually high ground clearance also suggests that the manufacturer might be testing the chassis or a modified version of Maserati’s “Q4” all-wheel drive system, which will be doing service in the SUV. The Levante is based on the Kubang Concept first seen in 2003, though the mule does not look much like it from the front which seems to be lifted directly from the Ghilbi sports sedan. The bodily proportions more or less match the Kubang Concept.
Engines that will be found beneath the bonnet are most likely to be a 3.0litre, twin-turbo, V6 producing 410bhp and a thundering 3.8litre, twin-turbo, V8 belting out 530bhp; both of these power plants will be in petrol guise. There will also be a 3.0litre, V6 turbo-diesel on offer generating 271bhp. The transmission of choice for all engines will be an 8-speed automatic currently doing duty in the Ghilbi sports sedan.
Maserati is expected to launch the Levante sometime next year or even in 2016. After its launch, the crossover will be in the same market segment as the BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne SUV.