Dealers Open Order Books for 2017 Maserati Levante in April: 2016 New York Auto Show | Edmunds

Dealers Open Order Books for 2017 Maserati Levante in April: 2016 New York Auto Show

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, New Jersey Maserati dealers will begin taking orders for the 2017 Maserati Levante in April, Maserati announced on Thursday. The Levante will make its U.S. debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Deliveries of the brand's first SUV will begin in late summer.

As reported earlier by Edmunds, pricing of the Levante will start at $72,000 for the 345-horsepower model, excluding the destination charge.

Maserati further updated pricing, saying the 424-hp Levante S will start at $83,000. Maserati spokeswoman Jiannina Castro told Edmunds that the Levante's U.S. destination charge is not available.

The SUV is equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbocharged gasoline engine built by Ferrari, the "Q4" intelligent all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

U.S. buyers can outfit the Levante with two optional packages. They are a Luxury package and a Sport package.

It can also be equipped with the optional Zegna Luxury package that combines premium Italian leather with custom silk from designer Ermenegildo Zegna. It is available only as an option with the Luxury package.

Standard equipment on the Levante includes a Bose audio system with eight speakers, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and a power tailgate.

Key Levante competitors include the Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Range Rover and Porsche Cayenne.

Edmunds says: Prospective buyers should check in with their Maserati dealer this spring to create their own Levante.

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