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Maserati Levante SUV showcased for first time through images

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One of the most awaited Maserati of all time will soon be making its first public appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The company has finally revealed its first ever SUV’s picture showcasing what is in store in the future of the international luxury SUV segment.

Looking from the pictures, the Maserati Levante looks the part to take on rivals from marquee companies including the likes of Jaguar, Porsche and Bentley. Such has been the rise in popularity of the segment that even Lamborghini has been pulled into the fray. Every luxury company without an SUV is looking to bring out its own counterpart given the fact that the segment has seen a massive growth of as much as 40 percent over the last five years.

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On the visual front, the Levante looks similar to its previously leaked patent images. Front end has the traditional Maserati grille with the vertical chrome slats and logo. Headlight is very sleek and aggressive, while the round fog lamp makes the case more subtle. The bumper carries a sporty air dam design. Side profile is characterised by frameless door windows and a coupe-like sloping roofline. The sexy alloy wheels carries the company’s logo forward. The rear end takes direct inspiration from other sports cars coming from the same stable.

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The cabin is also seen before as it has a similar structure as the Ghibli and Quattroporte. The comfortable five seater screams luxury with 100-percent Zenga silk trim and hand stitched leather. There is an 8.4 inch touchscreen infotainment system sitting bang in the middle of the well sculpted dashboard.

Mechanically, the Levante has enough grunt as a powerful sports car. Its twin-turbocharged V6 engines come in two states of tune – 348PS and 428PS. Other than these, there is also a 3.0-litre V6 diesel mill that churns out 273 PS of power with a 0-100 km/hr sprint time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/hr. The 348 PS motor on the other hand can go from standstill to 100 km/hr in 6 seconds, while the more powerful version doing the same in just 5.2 seconds. Featuring the lowest centre of gravity among modern luxury SUVs, the Levante’s engines come mated to an 8-speed autobox.

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With production having commenced, the Maserati Levante will be debuting in Europe later this year with an Indian introduction planned in the first month of 2017.