New 5-series and XF-rivalling small saloon will be based on Chrysler 300C architecture; here in 2014
8 August 2012

Maserati is just over a year away from revealing the next model in its fast expanding line-up — a new saloon to take on high-end versions of the BMW 5-series and Jaguar XF.

The new sub-Quattroporte four-door, rumoured to be called Levante, is earmarked for a debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September next year. It will be closely related to an all-new Quattroporte that will be seen at the Detroit motor show in January.

The Quattroporte will be pushed further upmarket to give the Levante more space to breathe in the Maserati line-up. The next-generation Quattroporte, codenamed M156, is set to increase in both cost and size, and is likely to be around 5.2 metres long.

Maserati insiders have remained tight-lipped about the architecture of the new saloons, but both are understood to be based on reworked rear-wheel-drive Chrysler 300 underpinnings.

The Levante, codenamed M157, will share a 3052mm wheelbase with the Chrysler 300, while the Quattroporte will in effect be a long-wheelbase version of that car.

The test prototype spied here is the new Levante, hidden beneath the bodywork of the current Quattroporte. The main giveaway that this is a Levante is the location of the front wheels: they are set back in the front wheelarches instead of being sited centrally, indicating a shorter wheelbase.

Both the Levante and the new Quattroporte have been styled ‘in-house’ rather than by Pininfarina, according to Fiat Group insiders. Expect the updated front-end design from last year’s Kubang SUV concept to make it onto the pair of new saloons.

A further indication of the pair’s close relationship is the fact that both will be built alongside each other at the former Bertone factory outside Turin, which Fiat recently purchased. Around €500 million have been spent to bring it up to Maserati production standards.

V8 petrol engines are likely to be offered in both cars, while V6 petrol and diesels will be reserved for the smaller car. An eight-speed ZF auto will be hooked up to all engine options.

The two saloons, along with the production Kubang SUV due in 2014, are part of Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne’s plan to lift annual sales from around 7500 units to 50,000. 

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8 August 2012

People seem to assume an Alfa 3-series would be made of cardboard.  Wonder if they think the same about a Maserati 5-series?  As if the Bimmers are paragons of reliability.

8 August 2012

Diluting the name?......yep,needing to make cash....yep!

Peter Cavellini.

8 August 2012

Maserati JTD !

What a cynicism...

8 August 2012

The styling is the most appealing bit about Maserati's so i hope not using Pininfarina doesnt ruin this. Peupgeot made a big mistake when they tried to save some money and took the styling in house.

And as these saloons are supposed to be drivers cars a manual would be nice. Ah well, i know it wont happen here. I wonder if the US will get one. There seems more demand for them over there strangely

9 August 2012

At the risk of being castigated (ouch!), I have never thought much about the styling of the Maserati Quattroporte; the large gaping mouth and small eye headlights look awkward together, unlike the more classic streamline look of the "Gran" series ... Let's hope the "in house" team can come up with something a bit more 'classic' for their baby ...

9 August 2012

What, its gonna be based on the 300C platform ? ! - basically a late 90s Merc E class. So we ll have a modern "Italian" car based on a nearly 20 year old German chassis, surely it ll have a new platform or a modded current Italian one ?

10 August 2012

Strange that Marchoine has canned the small fiat Uno/Punto variety and yet is willing to sign this off. One does wonder what he eats for breakfast

what's life without imagination

6 September 2012

www.LevanteTalk.com 2014 Maserati levante Forums says its not based on the 300C, its going to be on a brand new RWD platform for 2014

 

Good write up on that site levantetalk.com

 

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