Maserati to introduce three new models in quick succession

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 5, 2011

Maserati will introduce three new products one after the other, according to Sergio Marchionne, who was interviewed at the CBI business conference in London. In particular, these three new models are: a replacement luxury sedan for the Quattroporte, a smaller Maserati four-door based on the Chrysler 300, and the Maserati Kubang SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Marchionne said that Maserati aims to raise its volumes with these three cars. He declined to say what vehicle will arrive first “since it has implications for the industrial footprint of the group.”

But CAR magazine believes that the new Quattroporte would be the first to be launched. In addition, Marchionne implied that the smaller four-door will probably be produced beside the flagship luxury sedan. He said that a site in Modena builds the Quattroporte and that there’s currently some debate on what will happen to the plant after Quattroporte stops production.

He said that there is “sufficient commonality” in what they’re doing with the smaller car and the bigger one, giving them the opportunity to do whatever they please.

He explained that traditionalists may doubt the Maserati SUV’s merits but he emphasized that the Kubang is real. The new Kubang would be built on Grand Cherokee underpinnings and will probably be produced in Jeep’s U.S. plant.

He added that a Chrysler-based Maserati sedan and SUV will be very Italian and will be equipped with engines, suspensions, styling, and cabin furniture that are based on Ferrari and Maserati.

Maserati Levante

Maserati Levante takes its form from the saloon platform’s evolution as styled only by the Italian luxury carmaker.

It has a specially developed chassis that offers one of a kind drivability on the road and also competitive performance off the road, mixed in with practicality and comfort for daily driving. The premium SUV was first conceptualized around design, performance and exclusivity. It promises to deliver all these characteristics for the SUV market.

The design of the Maserati Levante is eye-catching and one-of-a-kind, following the aesthetic philosophy of Italian styling. The design gives the SUV segment a fresh concept: mixing coupe lines and spaciousness with the best aerodynamics in its segment. The Levante has a drag coefficient of only 0.31.

Technical features such as the standard Q4 AWD system and the air suspension give it its exclusivity. You can even customize your Levante with the Luxury and Sport packages. You get the most unique SUV that is worthy of its Maserati name.

The car is best described by its on-road handling and off-road characteristics. The Maserati Levante will attract all sports car drivers who want performance-related features such as the use of light materials, lowest center of gravity and the 50-50 weight distribution. All of these give the Levante unprecedented agility not seen in any vehicle in its class.

Levante makes use of the double wishbone five link suspension configuration that has the Air Springs as well as the Skyhook shock absorbers. These work with the smart Q4 All-Wheel-Drive system and the Torque Vectoring system. The Torque Vectoring system gives the Maserati its unparalleled on-road and off-road capabilities. Thus the Levante is sure to give you top of the class comfort no matter where you take it.

As a bonus, avid travellers will simply love the off-road equipment as well.

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