The Italian automaker Maserati has unveiled official images of its first utility vehicle, called the Levante. The car will make its debut at the Geneva Car Show in early March. The midsize luxury crossover is aimed directly at the likes of the Porsche Cayenne in the increasingly popular segment, and is scheduled to go on sale later this year. Its style is similar to that featured on Maserati’s current lineup of sedans and coupes.

The Levante will offer electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs, “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can choose between gasoline and diesel engines, but Maserati gave no details. These are expected to include a V6 diesel, and V-8 gasoline engines with up to 580 hp. A plug-in hybrid is expected later.

The Maserati Levante is built at the Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy. The first cars have already come off the assembly line with the launch planned for this spring in Europe, to be followed by the rest of the world later this year.

Prices have not yet been revealed, but the Ghibli sedan with which it shares a platform starts at just over £55,000.

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