It's been a long time coming, but finally FCA has begun producing the Maserati Levante. It is the first SUV made by Maserati, and comes more than a decade after the Kubang concept, upon which it is based, debuted. The Levante will have its official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show this week and we have already seen photos of the vehicle ahead of that live reveal.
It is built on a modified version of the Ghibli's architecture, and a modified version of the Quattroporte chassis in the case of the high-riding model. The Levante is built from "100 percent Maserati parts," and will be produced at FCA's Mirafiori factory in Turin. The plant has been underutilized for some time and has previously been used to produce the Fiat Punto and Alfa Romeo MiTo.
The Levante has a lot of weight on its shoulders. It is integral to Maserati's goal to sell 75,000 sales per year by 2018. That is 15,000 more units per year in just four years.
The Levante will be in showrooms in Europe this spring. US plans for the Levante have not been confirmed, but one has to assume it will be coming to the US given the popularity of SUVs there.
FCA kicks off Maserati Levante production | LeftLaneNews