The Maserati Levante is inching closer to production as the company has recently filed a series of design patents.

The Maserati Levante is inching closer to production as the company has recently filed a series of design patents.

Previewed by the Kubang concept, the production model has a familiar design but adopts a new front fascia with restyled headlights, fog lights and a new lower air intake.  The sides appear to remain pretty faithful to the concept but the rear end has a more conventional tailgate, restyled taillights and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

As we have previously reported, the Levante is expected to be unveiled at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  It will be offered with a variety of engines including a V6 with outputs of 350 PS (257 kW) and 425 PS (312 kW) as well as a V8 that develops more than 560 PS (412 kW).  There will also be a diesel engine with outputs of 250 PS (184 kW), 275 PS (202 kW) and 340 PS (250 kW).

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