It almost seems like every manufacturer is trying to get a piece of every little action involving niche markets, making their own versions of every single different type of car out there. As an example, Maserati that was a small Italian sports car manufacturer will have 5-vehicle in its line by 2014.
This line up will include two different versions of the GranTurismo, two sedans, and an SUV. The sedan will get the most effective features out of all the others including a new heir to the present and epic Quattroporte. Also included in the mix is a new BMW 5-Series alternative, which may cause a ruckus at the office for being the poor man’s Maserati Quattroporte. The new sedans are designed and planned by Pininfarina and FIAT Auto Centro Stile to offer a reworked version of new Pentastar V6 of the Chrysler that has got a turbocharger with 400hp. A 300hp V6 turbodiesel, equipped with FIAT Powertrain Technology’s latest iteration of the JTD II high-pressure diesel injection and management system. Unknown however is whether the diesel V6 will find its way stateside.
Besides, the sedans will also receive new all-wheel-drive system which was initially observed in the new Ferrari FF as options.
This new system will be hooked up to the new 8-speed auto cog swapper of the ZF. In order to maintain the sporting nature of Maserati relevant, the new cars as said by the FIAT will get lightweight components which are shared with Ferrari to curb the weight. While doing this, Maserati will also look after the cargo volume, ride quality, and rear passenger space.
The new sedans will enter in production somewhere in 2012. Also, the SUV’s will hit the factory by 2014 and most likely will use similar components with Jeep Grand Cherokee. Exact details of the new SUV are yet to be released.
By Sunita Mandal
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