The first sport-utility vehicle from Maserati is coming. The 2016 Levante SUV is set to debut at the next month's Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle will be available on Europe in the spring, and the rollout will continue around the world throughout the rest of the year.
Now, here's the latest round up of news about 2016 Maserati Levante SUV release date, specs, features and price.
Officials of Maserati said the Levante will be available with gasoline and diesel engine models. The upcoming SUV will be assembled in Turin, and the company said the first units are already in production. Major details about the car are still kept under wraps, but we found some interesting information.
Autoblog published that 2016 Levante SUV will have an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive capability. The vehicle is also expected to be great for off-road performance, partnered with good handling on slippery surfaces.
As for the vehicle's design, its exteriors will have a prominent grille with the brand's iconoc trident symbol. Inside, the passengers will be comfortable on seats covered with leather. Plus, a central screen will offer top-class infotainment system. As we said earlier, all models will have an 8-speed automatic gearbox as well as electronic suspension coupled with controlled damping and air springs.
Details about Levante's engines have been confirmed. Autoexpress reported that the vehicle will come with a pair of twin-turbo V6s and a top-spec V8 petrol model. Its lineup will also have three diesels, ranging from 247bhp to 345bhp. The same source said that the top of the line Levante 450 can run from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and up to 164mph.
Head of Maserati Harald Wester said he expects the 2016 Levante SUV will boost the sales of the company in the next months to come.
During the year 2015, Maserti experienced lower sales compare to financial performance of 2014. Last year, the company earned 105 million euros (about $117 million), 62 percent down from the previous year. In addition, revenue decreased by 13 percent, and shipments decreased by 11 percent, according to estimates from Detroit News.
The declines were caused by slowdown in China's auto industry, topped with stricter regulations and increased cost of luxury vehicles transportation.
As of now, Maserati has not yet revealed the price of Levante, but market experts believe it will be priced around $79,000.
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