Breaking: 2017 Maserati Levante SUV Leaks Early

Earlier today we gave you what we thought to be the real interior of the 2017 Maserati Levante SUV, but it seems like we were misled by the grainy image, which apparently showed a Maserati Quattroporte concept interior made with Blackberry in 2015.
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The video attached to the piece you're reading, on the other hand, is the real deal, as the Dutch from AutoWeek have somehow got ahold of the first official images with Maserati's first crossover/SUV in history in all its splendor.

No, that is not a typo, as we truly enjoy the look of the Levante, especially compared to most other premium SUVs out there, not including Infinitis and Mazdas. Those of you who saw last year's leaked patent images will not be terribly surprised, since the model depicted in this images looks quasi-identical, except that it features many more details, including the interior.

Speaking of the interior, it looks like Maserati did go for a combination between the Ghibli's and the Quattroporte's center consoles, but the details are slightly different compared to its platform brothers. As you can see, the center display is a bit on the large side and is accompanied on each side by vertical air con vents, just like on the Ghibli.

What's even more interesting is that AutoWeek also leaked the model's first three engine options, all of which sporting a V6 architecture and obviously borrowed entirely from the Ghibli.

The base gasoline engine is a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter, V6 with 350 horsepower, which translates into a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 243 km/h (151 mph). This makes the SUV 0.7 seconds slower than the equivalent Ghibli model, despite having 20 more horsepower.

The top of the range gasoline mill is also a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter, V6, only this time offering 450 horsepower and a naught to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 5.2 seconds, along with a top speed of 264 km/h (164 mph). Also despite an extra 20 extra horsepower, these numbers make the Levante 0.4 seconds slower to 100 km/h than the Ghibli S Q4, while its top speed is 20 km/h (12 mph) lower as well.

Last but not least, especially in Europe, the Levante Diesel is powered by a turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 with a yet unknown amount of horsepower, but it will probably have slightly more than the 275 hp offered by the Ghibli Diesel.

Expect more information and more official photos once we get closer to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. So far, the only bad news from our end concerning the new Levante is the lack of a V8 option, but who knows what the future may bring.

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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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