Maserati has revealed the Levante is going to be a crucial model for the brand’s future.

Maserati has revealed the Levante is going to be a crucial model for the brand’s future.

Cash-strapped Fiat Chrysler Automobiles decided to put Lancia in a coma and focus on Maserati and Alfa Romeo. Both legendary Italian marques are now putting the finishing touches on SUVs, representing a premiere for the two brands. These vehicles will be launched in 2016 and each model will be very important for the respective brand.

Maserati’s brand manager, Giulio Pastore, admitted the Levante SUV will be a critical model as "there is no life for a company that sells only sports cars, so its success is key to us." He continued his statement by pointing out the high-riding model was engineered and designed entirely by Maserati and will be "built to our values."

He labels it as a sporty model, but at the same time capable of providing "credible off-road capability." However, we all know models like these almost never leave the tarmac to go on bumpy roads.

Maserati’s Cayenne rival will be powered by an assortment of V6 and V8 engines used by the Quattroporte from where it will also borrow an adaptation of the AWD setup. Unlike the Jeep Grand Cherokee-based Kubang from 2011, the Levante will be all-Maserati and “different in every way” than the concept, according to company boss, Harald Wester.

Set to be assembled at the company’s Mirafiori factory in Turin, the Levante will make its debut in production guise at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Source: autocar.co.uk

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