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2016 Maserati Levante - engines, specification and pics

Maserati has revealed its first SUV, the Levante. Here’s everything you need to know

Words ByMatthew Burrow

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What is it?

The Maserati Levante is a new luxury SUV and the brand’s first offering that category.

Maserati claims it’s one of the sportiest cars in the class and that it is the most aerodynamic, too. At the same time, it has seats for five and a 580-litre boot.

What engines does it come with?

Buyers will be able to choose from three engine options; two petrols and one diesel. All are 3.0-litre units with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard.

The entry-level petrol produces 345bhp, gets to 62mph in 6.0sec and averages a claimed 26.4mpg while emitting 249g/km of CO2.

The more powerful petrol - called Levante S - produces 424bhp, gets to 62mph in 5.2sec and claims fuel economy figures of 25.9mpg and 253g/km of CO2.

Diesel buyers get a 271bhp, 3.0-litre unit. It promises slightly more impressive fuel economy figures: 39.2mpg and 189g/km of CO2.

What equipment does it have?

As you’d expect, standard specification is generous. All models come with leather seats, an 8.4in touchscreen infotainment system, alloy wheels, electrically operated tailgate, climate control and air suspension as standard.

For the first time on a Maserati, buyers can choose to spec a towbar. The Levante’s maximum towing capacity is 2700kg.

How much does it cost?

Maserati hasn’t announced pricing for the Levante yet but expect a starting price of around Β£60,000. It’s due to arrive in the UK before the end of 2016.

What are its rivals?

Competition in the sporting, luxury SUV segment is tough. The Range Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne are two of the current favourites that the Levante will need to beat and the Jaguar F-Pace promises to be worthy rival as well.