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The spy photos suggest that the Italian automaker might not be turning to the Jeep Grand Cherokee as the platform for its entry into the luxury crossover segment and instead could use the platform that underpins the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans.

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Thankfully as a mule, it is unlikely that the production Levante will look as strange as this Ghibli turned high-riding SUV, which also sports a roof extension likely so the company can test the additional weight and balance that comes with a taller vehicle.

Most importantly, Maserati’s decision to start with its own existing platform means the upcoming Levante won’t be subject to criticism that it’s just a rebadged Jeep Grand Cherokee – something it’ll need to compete with the likes of Porsche’s Cayenne and other high-end SUVs.

GALLERY: Maserati Levante Mule Spy Photos
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