Italian luxury car maker Maserati unveiled the Levante, the first ever SUV by the brand, ahead of its public unveiling at Geneva Motor Show next month. The pictures of the Levante SUV indicate a design in line with the design language of the other cars of the brand -- Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio.

The SUV features an aggressive front fascia with a chrome grille that is flanked by swept back headlights and round fog lights. The highlights of the Levante include signature triple air vents on the front wings, the trapezoidal C-pillar with the "Saetta" logo and the large and frame-less door windows. The SUV features coupe kind rakish windscreen at rear, which also sports quad exhaust pipes.

Meanwhile, the interior and technical details of the SUV have not been revealed and will be detailed during the show. The company confirmed that Levante will be equipped with both petrol and diesel engines that are all Euro6-compliant. Maserati claims Levante's chassis is designed to combine the outstanding on-road performance with unrivalled handling even on very low-grip surfaces and an excellent off-road performance and ride. The new SUV boasts electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs, Q4 all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.

The Levante will be manufactured at the Mirafiori plant in Turin. The first batch of SUVs have already rolled off the assembly line with the launch planned in the second quarter of the year in Europe, to be followed by the rest of the world.