Look-a-like: Maserati Levante and…

Maserati Levante 2

Ever since the Maserati Levante made its debut I’ve felt that it was a good idea, badly executed. In fact, the whole design seems like a lot of nice design ideas (the grille, the slit-like headlights, the fastback profile, the rear haunches) that have been spread a bit thin over an awkward shape, taking away much of what made the Kubang concept that proceeded it great.

Ultimately, I think the shape of the car is too blame – it’s almost too fastback, too RWD-looking, with wheels that look way too small –  whereas I feel most great-looking SUVs have a much more squat, all-fours stance. And it’s a fault the Levante shares with the Infiniti QX50 – a car that tried too hard to look like a normal (albeit RWD) hatchback, and ended up with a shape that was neither svelte enough to challenge the best-looking wagon cars, nor butch enough to challenge competing SUVs like the Audi Q5. I do hope the Levante all the best, and I think we all want Maserati to stick around in the long term, so I will be hoping that sales pick up quickly from their late-March start in Europe.

Infiniti QX50

  1. Your article stinks. I didn’t realize VW still had money to pay journalist to right above their corrupt vehicle. I would never buy an Audi. The Maserati looks awesome to me and sounds even better.. So keep driving you Beatle.

  2. The resemblance is clear. I think the Levante has the better proportions. In my opinion the majority of modern (European)SUVs/crossovers don’t look butch, but rather soft like the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, Renault Koleos and Porsche Macan. Jeeps, GMCs, Land Rovers, now that’s butch!

  3. Go check actual reviews of the car on the road and you’ll see that the proportions work much better than in those press pictures. Plus every review has been gushing on the Levante.

  4. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read those reviews too and I’m sure the car is great, plus as is often the case I’m sure it looks better in the flesh. And I’m sure not arguing it’s an ugly car like the Audi Q7, it’s just that like so many other cars in this class (other examples being the M-B GLE, BMW X5, Acura MDX) it looks too tall, narrow and under-tired.

    Can you honestly say the production Levante looks as good as the Kubang concept? http://goo.gl/F330DD

  5. No production car looks nicer than a concept car and you know that.
    Translating concept cars to actual productin cars that have to comply with safety regulations, mass production of components means that there will always be something lost in translation.

    And you put this picture comparing it with the Infinity but in front profile, rear profile and three quarters it looks nothing like it.

  6. I just get a bit pissed off because this type of articles ALWAYS crops up only associated with specific brands. Namely italian built cars. You never see this type of articles in a negative light pointed to german built cars even though they also do the same sins (or worse).

  7. @Pedro – if you look at the recent history of the Look-a-like articles (http://carsalesbase.com/fun-stuff/lookalike/) the previous two articles are on Audi, while since the beginning I’ve only done an Italian car once (the Alfa Romeo Guilia). At the same time I’ve done German cars four times, joint-highest with Korean cars. We also have Japanese, American, Chinese and French. But hey, if you want to contribute to the list by suggesting a personal favorite we welcome your suggestions! This is meant to be a light-hearted type of article, after all 🙂

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