Maserati plans on moving its ferocious exhaust note into other market segments, which we know so far include an SUV perhaps called the Cinqueporte (nee Kubang) and a sport sedan to slot under the larger, next-generation Quattroporte. Internally it is said that the new sport sedan is called "Maseratina," but an Italian publication has discovered a recent Maserati trademark for the name "Levante."

The Levante, if that is its name, is aimed at the thick end of the mid-level executive sedan market, meaning the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, and could be equipped with a diesel engine. By the way, Levante has a few meanings, the one probably meant here is "rising," as in what the sun does. But it's also British slang for "leave secretly or hurriedly to avoid paying debts," which is a humorous coincidence in light of recent events in Italy.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only person who read that headline and instantly pictured Kelly Bundy introducing "The all new Levante!" with the signature Bundy Bounce?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm English and I have never heard the word Levante being used as slang for "leave secretly or hurriedly to avoid paying debts".
      ken tai
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the name comes from Maserati's tradition of naming models after winds (Levante is the Italian name for one of the Mediterranean winds) just like Rolls Royce names many of its models after ghosts. The Bora, Mistral, Ghibli, Khamsin, and Shamal all get their names from winds.
      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Probably the "rising" definition, as in "men who have trouble maintaining their erections".
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a young African American male's name.
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      This new Maserati will be based off a shortened Chrysler LY platform and will be shared with the next generation Dodge Challenger or the much rumored SRT Barracuda "super coupe". Right now this is based on projections and speculation but that seems like logical thinking.. This not only points to closer ties between Maserati and Chrysler but it also is good news for both brands as they co-develope a next generation RWD platform which will see use in a variety of configurations for a variety of brands.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "it's also British slang for "leave secretly or hurriedly to avoid paying debts," which is a humorous coincidence" Levant, not Levante
      • 3 Years Ago
      A rebadged version of the Suzuki Vitara was the Mazda Levante...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whatever the name means, at least it's a real name. I'm so sick of the alphanumeric crap.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I really need the alphanumeric naming scheme explained to me. Is Bentley any less of a luxury brand because it doesn't call the Mulsanne a 55FS or some nonsense? Does calling the vehicle an MKZ somehow make it less related to the Ford Fusion then the Mercury Milan?
      Nick Massie
      • 3 Years Ago
      This just in... the most popular name for babies born in NYC's 5 boroughs in 2015: Levante'
      • 3 Years Ago
      Levante is the "east Riviera", the coastal strip between Genoa and Tuscany. It's a fashionable and expansive place. It's also very beautiful. Portofino, "the Five Lands", Porto Venere, Zoagli, San Fruttuoso and Chiavari are placed there!
      Andrew TheBoss
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's so easy... just use wikipedia. LEVANTE...were the sun "SI LEVA" , the sun rises, the EAST part, normally used for the Republic of Genova opposite of PONENTE... were the sun "SI PONE", were the sun sets, the WEST, normally used for the Republic of Venezia. Levante is also a wind (that came from east obviously) and other things. Ciao
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