Maserati has confirmed that the Levante - which has recently been spied testing - will be offered with a choice of petrol or diesel powerplants. However, the unofficial leaked information goes into more detail, suggesting that at least two petrol and one diesel version of the Levante will be available at launch.
It reports that both the Levante 350 and the Levante 430 will use the same 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that already features in the Ghibli and Quattroporte. The Levante 350 is claimed to be capable of covering 0-62mph in 6.3sec with a top speed of 151mph, while the Levante 430 can manage the 0-62mph sprint in 5.2sec and goes on to a top speed of 164mph.
The diesel engine is also a 3.0-litre V6, and can cover 0-62mph in 6.9sec before hitting its top speed of 143mph.
As well as these powertrains, the Levante is likely to borrow the Quattroporte's V8 engine in a range-topping performance version. A plug-in hybrid version of the Levante is also planned.
The images reveal that the new Levante features a dramatically sculpured bonnet with a bold interpretation of Maserti's front grille, a new design of tapered headlights split into two elements and large front air intakes. Maserati's trademark three air vents feature on the front wings, while there are frameless door windows, a trapezoidal C-pillar featuring the Saetta logo seen on the Ghibli and other Maseratis, a spoiler mounted at the top of the boot and four exhaust exits.
There are also stylistic nods to 2011's Kubang concept car, which first signalled Maserati's intent to enter the SUV market.
Also among the leaked images, but not included in the official ones issued by Maserati, is a look at the new car's interior, which includes steering-wheel mounted paddles for the automatic transmission and a large central infotainment screen.
The launch of the Levante is a crucial moment for Maserati, as the firm looks to capitalise on the profitable and growing luxury SUV market. The Levante will compete with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Audi Q5. The Levante could quickly become Maserati's biggest seller, as the firm looks to grow sales to 70,000 units by 2018.
Speaking to Autocar, Maserati boss Harald Wester confirmed that the Levante would be priced to sit in between the £53,580 and the £81,660 Quattroporte. A starting price of around £65,000 is likely.
The first examples of the Maserati Levante have already rolled off of the Mirafiori production line in Turin, Italy.
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