Paris 2012: Maserati Says Get Ready for Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante

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Maserati is dusting off one of its nameplates from the 1960s and hearkening back to its own creation with another nameplate, according to an announcement during this week's Paris Motor Show. Maserati was never supposed to make a big splash at this year's show, only bringing a convertible version of its hot GranTurismo MC coupe (dubbed the GranCabrio MC), and little else. Still, the company announced that the next three years will bring three new or updated models that hope to help boost sales to 50,000 per year. First up is the Quattroporte, an all-new successor to the current four-door Italian super sedan. As we've reported before, it's going to be a ground-up rework, including a platform derived from--get this--the Chrysler 300. Don't think that this'll be "Imported from Detroit," however, because it'll be completely different from the mass-market American sedan. We believe it'll ditch the normally aspirated V-8 for a twin-turbo, direct-injected 3.9-liter V-8 making between 400 and 500 hp, depending on trim level. We'll see this model some time next year. Maserati says its second model will be a "new high-end E-Segment sedan" called the Ghibli. The name is curious--the last Ghibli, the gorgeous '60s grand tourer, had only two doors--but it'll be affixed to what has recently been dubbed the "Maseratina." We've reported before that this car will share its underpinnings with the next Alfa Romeo 169, be built by Bertone, and offer turbocharged V-6 power. For true classic Ghibli fans, Maserati may also offer a coupe and convertible. Then there's the sport utility vehicle, which until now has been referred to as its concept car name, the Kubang. Maserati says that the Kubang concept will become the Levante when it bows in 2014. There's a hefty amount of history behind the word "Levante," as it's the street in Bologna, Italy (Via Emilia Levante, to be precise) where the Maserati brothers reportedly "dreamt of the company that today bears its name." Dreams aside, the Levante will share its underpinnings with the humble Jeep Grand Cherokee but use a Ferrari-built V-8 engine for motivation and be assembled on a special section of the Jefferson North assembly complex, specifically the former Mack Avenue engine plant that made the Dodge Viper from 1992 to 1995. These three cars will be Maserati's big pushes over the next three years as it tries to hit 50,000 units sold per year. Expect to see the concepts at an as-yet-unannounced auto show in the meantime. Make sure to check out all of our coverage from the Paris Motor Show here. Source: Maserati

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