Quattroporte body panels hide short-wheelbase prototype
New model is earmarked for a debut at the Frankfurt motor show
The Levante will share a wheelbase with the Chrysler 300
Both the Quattroporte and Lavante have been styled 'in-house' rather than by Pininfarina
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.