Maserati Levante SUV previewed in patent drawings

From autoblog: Maserati is set to become the next high-end automaker to get into the crossover game with the impending launch of the Levante, and this could be our best look at it yet.

Revealed in drawings reportedly filed with the patent and trademark office in Australia, these line drawings give us an idea of what to expect from the design of the Trident marque’s upcoming crossover. The styling looks fairly consistent with what we’ve come to expect from the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, only in a higher-roofed, liftback form. Evident in the design are the Modenese automaker’s grille and lighting forms, its signature portal vents along the front fender, powerful rear haunches and a steeply raked tailgate.

Previewed by the Kubang concepts of 2003 and 2011, the Levante will be a vital product for Maserati’s expansion – just as the Bentayga will be for Bentley, the F-Pace for Jaguar, the DBX for Aston Martin and the Urus (if ever approved) for Lamborghini. Expect it to pack the same V6, V8 and diesel engines as the aforementioned existing sedans when it debuts sometime soon into the new year ahead.

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