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Maserati Levante Spied Inside and Out in Europe

A more telling look at the upcoming Maserati crossover.

The Maserati Levante crossover is slated to reach European dealers this spring, and these spy photos provide our clearest look yet at the shape of the upcoming Italian model. Compared to our last Maserati Levante spy shots, which showed a lifted-up Ghibli body used for testing, these images give us a much more realistic idea of the shape of the new crossover.

The Maserati Levante looks to take on fairly traditional sporty-crossover proportions, with a long and low hood the swoops down to the company's signature grille and squinty headlights, strong character lines that define the car's shoulders, and a tapering greenhouse that produces fatter, more aggressive rear fenders. The roof slopes subtly toward the rear, and the liftgate is sharply angled, likely for both style and aerodynamics. On this prototype, large cross-drilled brakes sit behind fat five-spoke wheels. Overall, this Levante bears a strong resemblance to patent drawings leaked in early 2015.

Moving inside, it looks like the Maserati Levante will carry over many of the design cues from the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, with a three-spoke steering wheel backed by large chrome shift paddles, a huge electronic shifter, and a control knob on the center console for operating the infotainment system.

When the all-wheel-drive Maserati Levante goes on sale, AUTOMOBILE European bureau chief Georg Kacher reports we can expect it to offer a 275-hp, 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine, as well as 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 gasoline engines rated for 350 hp and 425 hp. A plug-in hybrid powertrain should arrive by 2018.

Stay tuned for more on the Maserati Levante, as the crossover could debut in the next few months.