There’s no sign of the trademark Maserati clock or wood veneer on the dashboard. Look more closely and you’ll see that black plastic is the only thing surrounding the digital instrument cluster and tablet-like touchscreen infotainment system. It’s a given that this is a work-in-progress pre-production mule, not a production-ready Levante. In any case, do expect the Maserati clock and acres of wood to beautify the dashboard of the long-awaited mid-size luxury crossover SUV.
In terms of exterior aesthetics, the Maserati Levante is expected to look exactly like the patent drawings leaked in May 2015. You can judge that for yourself by accessing this story. Inspired by the Ghibli sedan, the Levante is a fab addition to the luxury crossover segment because it blends aggression with style and Italian flair with a high-performance touch. Speaking of which, the Levante won’t disappoint.
All variations of the Maserati Levante SUV will benefit from the Maserati Q4 AWD system and an 8-speed automatic made by ZF. Starting with V6 turbo diesels ranging from 250 to 340 PS, the upper echelon of the 2017 Maserati Levante engine range will comprise twin-turbo V6s ranging from 350 to 425 PS. However, if you want the full nelson, a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with 560-plus PS should do the trick.
UPDATE: The Maserati Levante won't get the table-like infotainment system. Turns out Julien Jodry tweeted a photograph of the Qualcomm concept car from CES 2015, which is a modified Maserati Quattroporte.