If you were afraid the Maserati Levante was going to be a rebadged Jeep Grand Cherokee, it looks like you can rest assured as a new report is indicating it will have plenty in common with the new Quattroporte and Ghibli.
Recently previewed by the Kubang concept, the production model is expected to have an aluminum-intensive body and a core structure that borrows components from its sedan counterparts. We can also expect some Chrysler-sourced electronics but their extent might be limited.
Engine options will reportedly carryover from the Quattroporte and Ghibli so expect choices to include:
- A twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with 410 HP (310 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque
- A twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 with 530 HP (390 kW) and 710 Nm (542 lb-ft) of torque
- A 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel with 275 HP (202 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque
The engines will likely be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the ground via a modified version of Maserati's all-wheel drive system.
Maserati had originally planned to build the Levante at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, but Jeep Grand Cherokee demand is so strong that it will have to be built in Italy instead.