Next Maserati Quattroporte to use new platform, some Chrysler 300C parts

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Maserati is currently testing the upcoming generation Quattroporte, code named M156. The model isn’t expected to go on sale until the beginning of 2013 and the Italian automaker is still undecided on when it will be launching the model. Potentially, the Quattroporte could be released as early as the Paris Motor Show in September, with the 2013 Detroit Auto Show being the second choice.

To make room for the brand’s upcoming mid-sized sedan, dubbed Project M157, to compete with the BMW 5-Series and the Jaguar XF, the new Quattroporte will be pushed up in the Maserati line up.

For the Quattroporte, Maserati says an all-new platform will be used, although it is expected to include Chrysler 300C components. Replacing the 6-speed automatic using in many of the current line-up’s model is a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, along with an updated version of the current V8 for power.

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The model’s redesign is intended to help it up into its new top-of-the-range position, which Maserati is calling the “super-luxury portion of the G-segment”.

As for the smaller Project 157, Maserati is giving the four-door power from both a diesel and petrol version of its V6. Expect its debut in fall 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

By: Alexandra Koken

Source: AutoCar