Maserati’s lineup will soon be powered by Chrysler engines as it is now being helmed by Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. A report from Car and Driver revealed that the Maserati range will expand to a total of five models by 2014, including two GrandTurismos, two sedans and an SUV.
This sedan will be sportier compared to the Quattroporte that will take on the BMW 5-Series. Meanwhile, the SUV will be luxurious and will be powered by a Ferrari engine.
It’s believed that the new Maserati sedan will be positioned below the Quattroporte. It will feature a Chrysler Pentastar V6 engine but will have a new MultiAir variable valve setup and turbochargers to generate about 400hp.
It was also reported that Maserati is working on a new rear-wheel drive platform that will extensively use lightweight aluminum and has the capacity to implement a hybrid system that Maserati will probably borrow from Ferrari.
It’s also expected that it will get the Ferrari FF’s complex all-wheel drive system, which will be considered an optional extra on the Maserati sedan and the Quattroporte replacement. Also from FF is the latest eight-speed automatic transmission.
The first to arrive from this group is the new Quattroporte, which is expected to be presented in 2012. The Maserati sedan will arrive in 2013 and the SUV will come in 2014.