Maserati’s first crossover, the 2017 Levante, will appear this fall, with a base price of $72,000 for the 345 horsepower version and $83,000 for the 424 Levante S. (In each case, destination charges are extra.) It has standard all wheel drive,

The Levante is loosely based on the Chrysler 300C, boasting a twin turbo V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission.  There are major differences between the domestic car (and engine) and the Maserati versions, including a completely different front suspension, lighter-weight materials, and upgraded electronics.


The base Levante will sell for around $4,500 more than a base Dodge Charger Hellcat or Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 4x4. Unlike the Dodge, it has standard all wheel drive.

There are currently 116 Maserati dealers in North America, and that number is set to grow at a moderate pace. Maserati expects to sell around 20,000 cars per year in North America, up from 12,000 last year once the Levante is fully established — a realistic goal given other high-end automakers’ success with crossovers.

Orders will be taken in April, with production (for North American buyers) starting in July.