Maserati CEO Harald Wester has revealed the Levante won't be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Maserati CEO Harald Wester has revealed the Levante won't be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Speaking to CNN Money, Wester dismissed the Grand Cherokee connection despite previous comments from Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne who hinted the relationship was so close the model would be built alongside the Grand Cherokee at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. However, those plans changed when Fiat signed an agreement with the Uilm National union to build the Levante at the Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy.

As a result, the crossover will likely be heavily influenced by the Quattroporte and Ghibli. This means engine options will likely include a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with 410 HP (310 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque as well as a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 with 530 HP (390 kW) and 710 Nm (542 lb-ft) of torque. The crossover could also be equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine that develops 275 HP (202 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque. Regardless of which engine is selected, all are expected to be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.

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