The Maserati Levante SUV has been priced at £55,000 in the United Kingdom, according to The Daily Telegraph, equivalent to about $80,000 USD.
Maserati first teased the Levante with its Kubang concept it showed at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Kubang concept shared a platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, however the new Levante is expected to ride on Maserati’s new rear-wheel drive platform that currently underpins the Ghibli sedan.
The Levante will be a critical element in Maserati’s plan to sell 75,000 cars annually by 2018. With crossover and SUV demand at an all-time high, the automaker is hoping the vehicle will double its UK sales and provide a similar sales boost in other regions such as North America and China.
Maserati says the production Levante will have “dramatic” looks and will share a front-end with the Alfieri concept from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The automaker’s turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine will serve as the base-level powertrain, with a V6 diesel expected to launch in Europe and a plug-in hybrid variant being added to the mix at a later date.
The Maserati Levante is expected to make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.