Maserati details ambitious plans for new model range

Maserati has detailed its ambitious plans to shift up a gear and increase annual sales to 50,000 units. There are new products that will push the growth with concepts scheduled to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show.

What Maserati expect to become its volume seller is an all-new entry-level sedan (code-named the M157) it may be launched as early as next year and will compete directly with the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. Expect luxury appointment on the inside but a Chrysler-sourced engine under the bonnet. The rumoured power source is a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 – based on the current Chrysler 3.6-litre V6 and alternatively, a 224 kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel currently shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new sedan is expected to cost between €55,000 to €70,000.

If a larger sedan is required then the next-generation Quattroporte (M156) will be the go. With the new entry model slotting in below it, the Quattroporte is expected to be larger than the current model and power will be provided by a direct-injected 4.7-litre V8 that will pump out around 354 kW of power. Other mechanical features may include an all-wheel-drive system, start/stop technology and an eight-speed automatic transmission. There is no word on when the model will be launched but pricing will be in the region of €125,000 to €150,000.

The biggest news comes with word that Maserati will build an SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and it will come with a choice of a 336kW 4.7-litre V8 and possibly a 3.0-litre V6 diesel mill. The SUV will have striking styling, possibly like the design study pictured above, and will be shown in concept form at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

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