After premiering confirming the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, FCA pulls this out of the bag. Maserati has been renowned for making the most gorgeous luxury vehicles with coveted Italian DNA, but it’s unfortunate that Sergio Marchionne can only contrive to disappoint with the brand’s first SUV effort.

The SUV is set to be showcased at the Geneva Auto Show and hit US shores in the latter half of the year.

In terms of styling it does seem quite familiar. The Levante has Infiniti LX proportions and some styling cues quite obviously borrowed from the Jaguar F-Pace, particularly the hood lines and rear fascia.

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Perhaps the dual-tip exhausts on either side of the rear bumper promises to thrill, besides the concave radiator grille up front topped of by the automaker’s trident logo. We don’t know about the price or output, but the Levante is said to run on an AWD supplemented by controlled damping in an electronic suspension with air springs.

In comparison the F-Pace starts at about $40,000 going all the way to $70,000 and delivers up to 380hp and 332lb-ft torque from a supercharged 3.0L V6 engine. Let’s hope the Levante can match up in performance and deliver on value at the same time.

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