Maserati works on sub-Quattroporte sedan
At the end of June we reported that the next generation Quattroporte would get a smaller engine and the start-stop system. Today’s rumors suggest that, next to this, Maserati is also working on another smaller sedan placed under the Quattroporte that will compete with models like theJaguar XF and Cadillac CTS. The new model is expected to be revealed in 2014.
The new model will be offered in two different versions. The first will be an entry level model priced at around $68,000 and powered by a V8 engine. The second version will be a more powerful one that will be about 20% more expensive. While Maserati has offered no details on the platform that will be used for the new model, it is believed it will combine elements from both the next-generation Quattroporte, as well as the replacements for the current GranTurismo and GranCabrio.
However, until we see the new model out on the market, we’re going to focus on the new generation Maserati Quattroporte. And the good news is that the company’s stated intention is to trim the price of the base model about 10 percent, while keeping the upper version where it is. As a reminder, Maserati will offer smaller fuel efficient engines, with a V6 engine being a possibility as well as the latest 8 speed ZF automatic transmission (also offered in the BMW 7-Series). Also a first for Quattroporte is that it will be offered with stop-start technology which is said to reduce fuel consumption by 15 percent.