This is the third prototype of the upcoming Maserati Levante GTS we managed to catch since the carmaker started testing. However, this testing model shows production-ready cues, meaning it’s going to make the official debut very soon, likely early next year. The Italian manufacturer hasn’t released any precise information regarding the arrival, yet the latest reports indicated that the amazing SUV should be ready for the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
There Might Be 570 Horsepower After All
In any case, like we said several times before, the 2018 Maserati Levante GTS will feature an impressive, Ferrari-derived powertrain. The 3.8-liter V8 will likely pump out 523-hp and 479 pound-feet of torque, which will feed all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. We know this because the current Quattroporte GTS hosts the identical drivetrain. Still, there are rumors that suggest that there will be more ponies under the hood of the SUV. Moreover, they are pretty sure that the Levant GTS is getting exactly 570 horsepower.
Plug-in Hybrid Gets Chrysler’s Powertrain
But that’s not everything the SUV prepares for the next year. No, the Italians are also working on the 2018 Maserati Levante Plug-In Hybrid. The electrified version of the stylish crossover will use a similar powertrain as the current Chrysler Pacifica minivan. The system will definitely combine a 3.6-liter V6 and a dual-motor transmission, using a 16-kWh battery. Unofficially, the vehicle will be able to cross at least 30 miles without any help of the gasoline engine. Plus, it will definitely get more power than the aforementioned minivan that’s limited to 260 horsepower.
This particular prototype hides the ends because most of the changes are right there. Still, we see already what’s cooking beneath. The front end sports different hood with additional cooling elements and some additional air intakes in the front bumper. Sides are pointing out more pronounced fenders and larger wheels, which come in a pair with bigger brakes. Around back, the high-performance version of the Levante sports new diffuser and upgraded exhaust pipes. Of course, the carmaker will add a little bit stiffer suspension and high-performance tires.
The Maserati Levante GTS will definitely look like a six-figure SUV, but we are not so sure whether the producer plans to overstep $100,000, or it’s going to stay just a bit south.