Maserati will use a modified version of the Chrysler 300’s chassis for the next Quattroporte and a smaller sedan called the Levante, Autocar reports. The two sedans should help the automaker boost its annual sales to 50,000, with help from the upcoming Kubang SUV and rumored GranSport mid-engine sports car.
Maserati Quattroporte, Levante Sedans
The Maserati Quattroporte will grow to around 205 inches to better compete with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, making room for a smaller sedan called the Levante, which would be positioned against the 5 Series and Jaguar XF, Autocar reports. In Italian, Levante means “east” as a noun or “rising” as an adjective.
Both sedans will be based on modified Chrysler 300 architecture with styling done in-house rather than by Pininfarina. The Levante will share its 120-inch wheelbase with the Chrysler 300 while the Quattroporte will ride on a long-wheelbase version of the chassis. Both sedans are expected to be built at the former Bertone factory outside Turin that Fiat recently acquired.
The new Quattroporte is likely to only use V-8s, one of which may find its way into the Levante as well as a twin-turbo Pentastar 3.0-liter V-6 with MultiAir technology plus a European-market diesel. Expect an eight-speed automatic transmission backing all engines.
Alfa Romeo 4C Convertible
Autocar also reports a convertible version of the mid-engine Alfa Romeo 4C coupe will be released a year after the coupe goes on sale in early 2014. The Alfa Romeo 4C will be powered by a transverse-mounted, turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 with a target curb weight of around 2000 pounds.