Maserati Levante SUVs jumping the gun on Ghibli’s price image

It appears the Maserati Ghibli sedan will remain the luxury automaker’s base offering, with the all new Levante crossover coming in at around 10 percent higher in terms of pricing.

Maserati’s first ever SUV model will be a make it or break it deal for the ambitions of the automaker and its parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. That’s because the sedans as a class are not as welcomed anymore – which is part of the answer to the question why Ghibli and Quattroporte sales have been slowing as of late. The new Levante will also face stiff competition, as the Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover Sport have a flawless reputation and have been bringing home the cash for years. The Levante should have as trump cards the Italian-flavored styling and the Ferrari-derived engines, but one important aspect was also pricing. We’re expecting for the official public unveil of the production series Levante to come this March during the Geneva motor show and Peter Denton, the regional manager for Maserati North Europe has allowed some details to perspire sooner.

“It will have a 10 percent premium on the Ghibli in terms of starting price,” is his most important comment during an interview with Auto Express magazine. In the United Kingdom the Ghibli can be had from 49,160 pounds, so the Levante should roughly cost about 55,000 pounds. In the US meanwhile the entry-level sedan is priced from $70,600, meaning the Levante could start from $77,660. For both markets, the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport have comparable pricing points, with the Levante coming with a gasoline V6 churning out 350 and 425 HP – at a higher price point you’ll also find the even more likeable V8 treating its owner to at least 560 HP.

Via  Auto Express