Maserati has announced they will not launch a crossover positioned below the upcoming Levante.

Maserati has announced they will not launch a crossover positioned below the upcoming Levante.

Speaking to British magazine Autocar, Maserati's boss Harald Wester said the company is not planning a smaller crossover to position below the still unreleased Levante. The reason for this is because FCA already has Jeep for that and they are also cooking up an Alfa Romeo SUV so another car would be redundant and would cannibalize sales of the other models within the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles umbrella.

Wester described FCA as being "an extremely complex multi-brand group" and it would be wrong "to have everyone doing a little bit of everything." He went on to specify that Maserati shouldn't launch a crossover smaller than the Levante but he does admit that "in this business, you should never say 'no' in a dogmatic way."

Since we mentioned the Levante, it's now scheduled for a NAIAS reveal in January 2016 in Detroit and will go on sale a few months later. It will represent an evolution of the 2011 Kubang concept and will be based on the Ghibli, with production taking place at the Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy.

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