The first ever Maserati SUV has started its global conquest, for now to be launched in the UK starting from 54, 335 British pounds (79,634 dollars).

The UK sales will kick off in June, when for 54,335 pounds the Italian SUV will first be offered only with a diesel powerplant, namely the 275 hp 3-litre V6 Turbo. However, British customers do not have to lose their hope for a nervier and more potent petrol option, as a Ferrari-sourced 3.0-litre V6 gas unit mated to a standard all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission is currently being considered as well for the UK market. A hybrid version will also definitely emerge in the next couple of years, likely with a powertrain borrowed from the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which sports a naturally aspirated 3.6-litre engine mated to a couple of electric motors and a 16 kWh battery.

After the Ferrari spin-off from Fiat-Chrysler, Maserati became the company’s high-end marque. With such a prestigious position, the Italian brand has to live up to its expectations. And Levante SUV will be its main weapon to revive the sales, aiming to stay as exclusive as possible and not “to go down the Porsche route of creating a smaller Macan SUV,” as European managing director Giulio Pastore told to Autocar in an exclusive interview. He expects Levante to account for 50 percent of Maserati’s sales, for a total production of no more than 75,000 units per year.

Via Autocar


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