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2016 Maserati Levante: Unmatched and Unstoppable

The motor world is always abuzz with rumors. So, it is hard to really differentiate between what is to be believed and what is to be discarded as only hearsay. In this fickle environment, we have got fresh reports about Maserati Levante. Yes, it is true. We have got some news that is worth its weight in gold or more. From what we have heard 2016 Maserati Levante SUV, is going to share its platform with Maserati Ghibli and not Jeep Grand Cherokee! This comes as a shock to all those who were familiar with the original plan that were chalked for this model. Catching motor enthusiasts off guard, there is more that is being circulated in the motor world.

Let’s read on to find out what recent spy shots have revealed.

It is always great to take a sneak peek at something gorgeous, especially when you never know for sure what will a beauty turn out to be. Same holds true for upcoming 2016 Maserati Levante SUV. Now, if there is any thing believable in spy shots, what has been pointed out is that soon to appear model looks like a distant reflection of Ghilbi. At least, that is what was spotted, racing on test grounds. Now it is up to us whether to believe what we are seeing or wait for the final model to be released. For now, we are curious as well as a tad confused!

From internal sources, we have found out that the Upcoming 2016 Maserati Levante SUV is aiming at selling at least, 20,000 units per year. That, in deed, appears to be a very phenomenal figure and we can imagine the confidence that the brand has bestowed in its model that is going to be available in early 2016 for the US market. This news has spread like wild fire among motor enthusiasts in the US. One can imagine them counting days on their fingertips before 2016 Maserati Levante hits the market. Going by the looks and the features that are expected to grace this vehicle, it is only understandable!

Well, talking about features of 2016 Maserati Levante, nothing much has been stated or promised. Whatever little we have heard could very well just be unverified stories.  It is heard that the upcoming Levante SUV will have at least 3 engines. Possibly in multiple states of tune for some of them. The petrol variant will comprise of a twin-turbo V8 with 560 hp, as well as a twin-turbo V6 that will have the capacity to deliver 350 or 425 hp.

What we do know for sure is that it is pinning many hopes on this one! This ‘special creature’ as has been stated by the company, can’t or shouldn’t be compared to any Bentley SUV. The fact that 2016 Maserati Levante SUV is going to be plush and yet expected to help the company reach its massive annual sales target of 50,000 just sets it apart.

Now we are sure that no parallel can be drawn between this one and any other contemporary creation!

Maserati Levante – “Made in Italy”

Heavily anticipated new Maserati Levante is going to be a “Latin blend” of fashion, a blend of what else but the amazing BMW X6 and the luxurious Porsche Cayenne. Albeit originally planned to built in a Chrysler US factory in Detroit, the muscularly styled SUV is now expected to be produced in Italy due to the strong and growing demand for Jeep products and hence a need for a stronger factory to support its production. Along with what is said about the new Maserati Levante having mixed influences from the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X6, the 2011 Maserati Kubang concept could also provide a clue for the new SUV’s visual character. However, this is just a clue not the actual styling! The key to what the new Maserati actually is road-based dynamics, deft athletic styling, room for five and a plush cabin.

What powers the Maserati’s luxury sports SUV is the company’s new twin turbocharged 3.0 liter petrol V6 engine generating 410 brake horsepower and a twin turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 producing a massive 530 brake horsepower. With twin turbos, direct injection, variable valve timing and an intercooler for each turbo, Levante’s would be a fully modern mill. A 271 bhp 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel will be the key powerplant for Europe. All engine options will be linked to an eight speed automatic transmission making the on road dynamics of the SUV a delight to experience. Along with prancing horsepower, amazing transmission, a version of the ‘Q4’ all wheel drive system is adapted in the new Levante from its application in the new Ghilbi and Quattroporte models from the firm.

This all wheel drive system which already makes the Ghilbi a horse with some real giddy-up, will be modified to be used in the Maserati’s sports ute for its dual purpose role for the all new Levante is expected to follow the footsteps of sister brand Jeep’s on its expertise in rough terrain capabilities. Simply means that the levanter will be equally good an off-roader as it’s going to be an amazing on-road luxury ute. While the structure for Levante will draw on Quattroporte and Ghilbi, its electronics will come from Chrysler and Jeep. Since the Levante gets part of its powertrain and outfit from Ghilbi and Quattroporte, it won’t be surprising if the luxurious yet athletic SUV contains a high level of weight-saving aluminum in its body and suspension.

Maserati boss Herald Wester says the Levante is likely to be Italian built although not at the new Grugliasco plant which is home to the Ghilbi and Quattroporte since the beast is way too big for the body-framing equipment and paint plant to handle. The very fact that Maserati’s new SUV is somewhat a blend of Cayenne and BMW X6 makes it a worthy opponent for the two. X5 is also a sports ute that stands against the Levante. With its defined looks that come from the competitors and its sashaying drive that comes with the tag “Maserati”, this SUV is one to look forward to!

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