Maserati has just confirmed plans to unveil a new model at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. Maserati has released this teaser of the new model, but its name and what kind of model it is hasn't been confirmed. Although it's pretty easy to tell that its a new sedan and since it's been confirmed for a while that Maserati is working on a new smaller sedan, dubbed the Ghibli, we expect to finally see the Ghibli later this month in China.
Maserati has taken the wraps off the all-new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, which will debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January. The new Quattroporte is longer and has a larger interior than the last model, but its new exterior design isn't a huge departure from the current model.
Maserati revealed new details about its future lineup today at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. It was already confirmed that Maserati is working on a new SUV and smaller sedan, but now we know the names of the two new Maserati models. The new Maserati SUV will be called the Levante, while the new midsize sedan will be badged the Ghibli.
Maserati has unveiled its newest model, the Maserati GranCabrio MC, which will debut later this week at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. According to Maserati, the new convertible has been "designed to complete Maserati's open-top range, the new Maserati GranCabrio MC blends high performance and sports characteristics derived from racing experience with the style, charm and practicality of Maserati's four seater convertible."
Fiat has unveiled a special limited edition 500, dubbed the Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati, which represents the bond between Abarth and Maserati. According to Fiat, the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is the utmost expression of Abarth's sporty character and racing spirit, this new Limited Edition epitomizes sheer elegance united to the comfort of a "GranTurismo", but with the handling of a car fit to take to the road every day.
The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is powered by a 180 horsepower turbocharged 1.4L engine that is mated to an electrically-operated manual Abarth Competizione gearbox with paddle shifters. The limited edition model also gets 17-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, a Brembo braking system and a "Record Monza" variable back-pressure "dual mode" exhaust.
The exterior of the Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is painted in Pontevecchio Bordeaux, while the electrically controlled soft top is made of grey fabric. Inside the seats are covered in sand beige Poltrona Frau leather.
The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati will be officially unveiled next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Only 499 units will be produced.
The GranTurismo Sport is powered by a 460 horsepower 4.7L V8 that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission or an optional six-speed sequential manual transmission. The GranTurismo Sport gets a redesigned front bumper with larger air vents, headlights with LED daytime running lights and darker taillights to set it apart from the rest of the GranTurismo lineup. Inside the GranTurismo Sport will get a new steering wheel and seats.
Maserati gave us an official preview of its upcoming SUV in Frankfurt last month with the Kubang concept. Maserati chose to reuse the name from a previous SUV concept for the new concept, but that name may not be used for the production model.
It's being reported that Maserati recently registered the name "Cinqueporte", which may be the official name for the new SUV. Cinqueporte translates to "five doors", which provides some proof that it will be used for Maserati's SUV.
The Maserati SUV will share its platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but will be powered by engines from Ferrari. It will also be built alongside the Jeep at Chrysler's Jefferson North plant in Detroit, MI.
Maserati gave us a preview of its upcoming SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this month. The Kubang concept shares its name with a concept from 2003 and its platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee thanks to the recent Fiat/ Chrysler marriage. The Maserati Kubang is set to debut sometime in 2013 and will be produced in the U.S.
Maserati has released a video which shows the Kubang concept in motion. You just have to get past the first half of the video, which is more about the brand.
Check it out after the jump.
Maserati is set to enter the SUV segment with a new SUV that will borrow its platform from the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Maserati has given us a preview of its new SUV today with the Kubang concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Although the concept that is debuting in Frankfurt is new, the Kubang name is not. Maserati originally used the Kubang name for an SUV concept at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show. Unlike the original concept, the newest Kubang concept is a result of the new partnership between Fiat and Chrysler.
The Maserati Kubang is going to go head to head with models like the Porsche Cayenne. Although it will share some of its architecture with the Grand Cherokee, Maserati says that its engines will be designed in Modena and produced by Ferrari. The engines will also be mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Maserati is going to unveil a concept version of its upcoming SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, but the first photo of the new SUV has reportedly been leaked thanks to a guide book for the show.
It's already been confirmed that Maserati is set to get an SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, although the two SUVs will not look the same. If this photo is authentic, the Maserati SUV will not share any resemblance to its Chrysler cousin. The Maserati SUV will instead feature Maserati's signature grille and will have a shape that is more similar to the BMW X6 than the Jeep in which it is based on.
Stay tuned for the official unveiling next week.
What will Maserati's new SUV look like? Well it's based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and we will get a preview of the SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, when the concept version debuts.
The biggest concern is how much Maserati and it's parent Fiat can differentiate the Maserati from the Grand Cherokee.
"The important point is that whatever Maserati we launch will be a product that respects the entire heritage, image, characteristics, and customer expectations of this brand," Harald Wester, Maserati's CEO, said in an interview earlier this year. "What ends up in the dealer shops should be 100 percent Maserati."
The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC is being labeled as the fastest Maserati ever in the U.S. and starts at $143,400, which includes the $1,700 gas guzzler tax and $1,800 destination charges.
The GranTurismo MC is powered by Maserati's 4.7L V8 that puts out 444 horsepower and 376 lb-ft. of torque. The V8 is mated to a ZF six-speed automatic that puts the power to the ground via the rear wheels.
According to Maserati the GranTurismo MC will reach 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 185 mph. The GranTurismo MC also gets an aerodynamic package that increases downforce without any increases in drag.
Last November Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that a Maserati SUV was in the works that would be produced at Chrysler's Jefferson North plant in Detroit. Now Top Gear has received more info on Maserati's first SUV.
According to one of Top Gear's sources the Maserati SUV is going to be based on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, but its styling will be so different that you won't be able to make the connection. It will Maserati's trademark front end with a "wavy waistline."
The big news is what will power the Maserati SUV. It's not getting a Ferrari engine, instead it will be Chrysler's HEMI V8. Kinda makes sense, since the SUV is based on a Chrysler platform. The HEMI engine already fits the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform and a Ferrari engine isn't necessarily cheap to buy.
The Maserati SUV will not be quite as off-road focused as the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The suspension will be a sophisticated independent system with adaptive damping front and rear. There won't be any air springs.
The Maserati SUV is expected to arrive in late 2013 as a 2014 model.
Maserati currently makes do with hand-me-down versions of Ferrari engines, which has been fine for Maserati fans. According to sources the 4.2-liter and 4.7-liter V8 Ferrari engines are not going to be used for the next-generation GranTurismo and Quattroporte.
What will replace the sweet sounding Ferrari engines? A twin-turbocharged version of Chrysler's Pentastar V6. Eeek! Sources that spoke with Inside Line claim that the next Maserati's will ditch the V8 for a twin-turbocharged 3.0L version of the Chrysler engine.
Does a Maserati with a Chrysler engine sound exciting to you???
Alfa Romeo unveiled the 4C Concept at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The 4C sports car is expected to also lead Alfa Romeo's return to the US, which has now been pushed back to 2013. Now it's being rumored that Maserati wants a version of the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Maserati reportedly wants a small mid-engine two seater. As of right now the details are very scare...
The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is powered by a 1.75 turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 200 horsepower. The concept only weighs 1,800 pounds and can reach 0-62 mph in less than five seconds and has a top speed over 155 mph.
Maserati is expected to take the wraps off the next-generation Quattroporte at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. The replacement for the current Quattroporte is codenamed M156 and is said to draw inspiration from the GranTurismo coupe and convertible. It will continue to be powered by the current 4.7L V8. Maserati is going to move the Quattroporte upmarket slightly to make room for a new smaller sedan.
The smaller sedan is codenamed M157 and will compete at the high end of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series sedans. The new smaller Maserati will not be launched until sometime around 2014 with a price tag of $75,000. Maserati is also planning on taking the brand beyond sedans and coupes with the addition fo a new crossover.
The upcoming Maserati crossover is expected in 2012 or 2013 and will borrow components from Jeep and Alfa Romeo. Although it will be based on some existing architecture from Fiat's other brands, the Maserati crossover will get its own styling and borrow at least one engine from Ferrari.
The four-seat convertible GranCabrio Sport is a more powerful version of the GranCabrio, which is powered by a 450 horsepower 4.7L V8 that is mated to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed transmission features MC Auto Shift software to yield a faster gearshift response. The suspension has also been upgraded with a revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system, which features sportier tuning and also adopts upgraded brakes.
The GranCabrio Sport will go on sale this summer.
The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee launched in June and its been a success for Chrysler with sales up 291 percent in October from a year ago. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of both Chrysler and Fiat recently stated that he is looking to expand the use of the Grand Cherokee's platform.
The new Dodge Durango that goes on sale next month uses the same platform as the Jeep, but this platform may also be extended to other Chrysler and even Fiat vehicles. Marchionne has discussed possibly developing a Maserati SUV based on the Grand Cherokee.
Any new models that use this platform will eventually be assembled at the Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit that builds the Grand Cherokee and Durango.
Motor Trend is reporting that Maserati is currently working on a new smaller sedan that will go head to head with the BMW 5 Series/ M5, Mercedes CLS/AMG and Cadillac CTS/CTS-V. The new sedan will be smaller than the current Quattroporte and should debut sometime in 2014 as a 2015 model.
The new sedan would strengthen Maserati's brand visibility and make it more relevant in its luxury segment. The sedan would start just above $68,000, which would put it around the price range of the V8 models from BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes. The top model would cost about 20 percent more.
A new Quattroporte is planned for 2013.
Six years after the initial launch of the Quattroporte, Maserati has decided to celebrate the success of the model with the Quattroporte Sport GT S "Awards Edition", which is based on the Quattroporte Sport GT S. The exterior of the "Awards Edition" is colored in a pearlescent metallic grey with a golden hue. It also features 20'' Multi Trident dark grey rims with satin finish with hand-polished brake callipers both at the front and rear.
The interior features Poltrona Frau leather and perforated Alcantara seats. The interior also features special brushed alumminium door sills and Piano Black satin-finish wood moldings.
The Quattroporte Sport GT S "Awards Edition" will be available in the UK as a special order in the second half of 2010, as model year 2011.
According to the latest reports, Fiat is going to merge the Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Abarth brands under one sport sub brand. Abarth and Maserati CEO Harald Wester has been appointed by Fiat as CEO of Alfa Romeo and will now head the three brands. Wester's new role will be to identify synergies between the three brands.
Currently his greatest challenge is going to be to fix Alfa Romeo. Fiat is currently undergoing a strategic review of Alfa Romeo. There are two options that Fiat could take, one is to freeze all development of new models and just focus on selling the MiTo and upcoming Giulietta; the other option is to share platforms with Chrysler for the 159 and 166 replacements.
At the Detroit motor show, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne told Autocar that several options were still available for Alfa.
"Alfa has been underperforming for a long time," he said. "It has been the most difficult part of Fiat's recovery, even though on paper it looks so attractive. The marque isn't for sale, or anything like that.
"It's our problem. But we do have to rethink our objectives and be realistic with ourselves before we do anything else.
"First, I want to see how well we do launching the Giulietta. From the technical point of view it's a huge step forward, but I want to see how it fares. And I want to see how we can take advantage of that through the company."
Maserati North America has released the pricing for the 2010 GranTurismo Convertible aka GranCabrio. It may be freezing in most parts of the country right now, but once summer hits you'll have one hot car.
The 2010 GranTurismo Convertible starts at $135,800 and is powered by a 433 horsepower 4.7 liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed adaptive automatic transmission with standard paddle shifters. It features a triple insulated top, which maintains the same roofline as the coupe. The top is available in six different colors and retracts in 24 seconds.
Unlike most new luxury convertibles, the GranCabrio features a folding cloth top. It is powered by the 4.7L V8 with 433 horsepower from the GranTurismo S. Maserati also boasts that the GranCabrio is the convertible with the longest wheelbase on the market.
The Maserati GranCabrio will hit showrooms next spring, but stay tuned for more details next month.
The changes to the GT S from the Quattroporte S include a recalibated 4.7L V8 engine that now puts out 433 horsepower and the transmission also gets revised shift points. The front and rear suspension have been revised with stiffer springs and a lower ride height. A new sports exhaust has also been added to give the car an even better sound than the S.
The engine from the GranTurismo S has been upgraded with a new intake system, catalytic converters and a center-exit exhaust that boosts horsepower to 450. The suspension has also been upgraded and there is a new larger rear spoiler and increased track. 8x12" front and 18x13" rear wheels fitted with racing slicks help put all that power to the ground. In order to keep that power under control the brake discs have been enlarged with monobloc racing calipers and there is a FIA-approved rollcage for even more protection.