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New 2015 Maserati SUV To Be Named ‘Maserati Levante’

It seems like every car manufacturer is jumping on the SUV bandwagon and Maserati are the latest to reveal the name of the their 2015 SUV ‘Maserati Levante’.

The Levante will be manufactured in Italy and is expected to be presented to the auto world at the the 2014 Frankfurt Motor Show!

Competition will be strong in the SUV world but for us customers we will be spoilt for choice that’s for sure. The Audi Q8 looks awesome, while the Jaguar SUV, the new Jeep SUV, and of course the Lamborghini SUV are all beautiful cars!

Autocar has more details on the Maserati Levante below:

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Maserati are two thirds of the way through their new model offensive, designed to deliver sales of 50,000 cars a year, with the launch of the new Quattroporte and the smaller Ghibli. And next up is the Maserati Levante, a Porsche Cayenne/BMW X5 competitor due to arrive in 2014.

The Maserati Levante – the production version of the Kubang Concept SUV – is based on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and it was planned to be built in the US alongside the Jeep, but demand for the new Grand Cherokee means Maserati will be building the Levante in Italy instead. Which will probably do its credentials no harm at all.

Nor will its engine offerings, which will include the new 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 from the Ghibli with around 400bhp, the new diesel engine from the Ghibli (and perhaps Fiat’s new V8 diesel when that arrives) and the thumping twin-turbo V8 from the Quattroporte with a round 525bhp.

It’s a promising offering from Maserati – even if purists will decry the loss of core values in pursuit of sales – and should make an interesting alternative to the sporty SUV offerings from Porsche, BMW and Mercedes, although the Levante is unlikely to have the off-road prowess of the new Range Rover Sport.

We’re expecting the Maserati Levante to turn up at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2014 in production guise – before going on sale in early 2015 – although we could see the ‘Concept’ Levante at Geneva next Spring.

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Read more: http://www.carsuk.net/maserati-levante-suv-525bhp-made-in-italy/#ixzz2U1ItSgab

How does the Levante compare to Lamborghini, the Audi Q8, the Jaguar and Jeep? Let us know by tweeting us @carhootsuk

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