There have been several automakers that have recently debuted their first-ever crossover models, like Bentley with the Bentayga, for example, or Jaguar with the F-Pace. Now Maserati’s playing follow the leader, with a test mule for its upcoming Levante crossover being spied testing not far from its factory in Italy.
It may be in line with what other automakers are currently doing, but the idea of a Maserati SUV is nothing new. The automaker first hinted that it was interested in such a model with the 2003 Kubang concept, then reminded us it was still a fan of the idea with a second Kubang concept in 2011.
It’s hard to say how if the test mule caught out shares very many styling cues with the Kubang concept, as it’s heavily camouflaged. The mule appears to be based around the automaker’s Ghibli mid-size sedan, which is fitting seeing as the Levante is expected to employ the Ghibli’s twin-turbocharged V6 engine when it arrives.
The wheels and quad-exit exhaust are really the only details of the Levante that aren’t heavily camouflaged. We like what we see in regards to the sporty wheels and drilled and slotted rotors, and the quad exhaust setup is typical Maserati, so that’s a welcome addition as well.
We’ll have more information on the Levante as development work continues. For now, check out the spy photos over on Autoblog.