Maserati Levante prototype front 3/4
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2017 Maserati Levante prototype front 3/4
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2017 Maserati Levante front 3/4
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Maserati Levante front 3/4
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2017 Maserati Levante profile
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2017 Maserati Levante prototype profile
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Maserati Levante profile
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Maserati Levante rear 3/4
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Maserati Levante prototype rear 3/4
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2017 Maserati Levante prototype rear 3/4
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2017 Maserati Levante prototype rear
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Maserati Levante prototype rear
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Maserati Levante prototype wheel
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There's an influx of crossovers coming from high-end European marques in the coming years – and we've already seen most of them in one form or another. One of the few exceptions is the forthcoming Maserati Levante, and if you can believe it, this is the best look we've had at it yet.

Like the Bentayga for Bentley, the F-Pace for Jaguar, the DBX for Aston Martin, or the Urus for Lamborghini, the Levante will be Maserati's first crossover. It was previewed by the Kubang concepts of 2003 and 2011, but the closest we've gotten to the finished product so far has been some test mules running under modified Ghibli sedan bodywork and a series of purported patent drawings.

Mind you, these spy shots don't show us a whole heck of a lot either, as heavily camouflaged and cladded as this prototype is. But under all that padding is what appears to be the bodywork that we'll be seeing on the production version once it makes its debut sometime next year. Look for the Ghibli's twin-turbo V6 engines to propel Maserati head-first into new territory, and likely pave the way for an Alfa Romeo crossover to follow.

All we can see for the time being, really, are the exposed wheels. But if those giant brake discs filling their spokes are anything to go by, the Levante ought to represent the Modenese automaker well in what's becoming an ever-pricier, more performance-focused, and more competitive market segment. Porsche and its trendsetting Cayenne ought to take notice.

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