2017 Maserati Levante Revealed

2017 Maserati Levante Revealed

Maserati named its first-ever SUV, the Levante, after a warm Mediterranean wind “that can change from a light breeze to an irresistible natural force in an instant.” Now that warm wind has blown all the way from Italy to the 2016 Geneva auto show, where we’re finally getting our first in-person look at the Levante. Maserati also released full product information, and we've raised our hopes after taking a look at the specs.

Maserati’s first-ever SUV originally was going to be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the automaker ultimately changed tack and chose to use the platform developed for the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans. Maserati says this platform was intended to accommodate SUVs all along—and boasts that it allowed the engineers to give the Levante a 50-50 weight distribution and the lowest center of gravity in the segment. All Levantes will ride on a control-arm suspension with the company’s trademark Skyhook dampers and adjustable air springs, the latter allowing the Levante to achieve five different ride heights, in addition to a separate setting for parking.

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