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Maserati announces Ghibli sedan and Levante crossover

 Maserati announces Ghibli sedan and Levante crossover
Maserati Kubang SUV live in Frankfurt 13.09.2011

Crossover goes on sale in 2014

Following the unveiling of the GranCabrio MC, Maserati announced the names of two of their upcoming models.

First up, the company's crossover will be called the Levante after the "Via Emilia Levante" in Bologna where the Maserati brothers originally envisioned the automaker. The crossover was recently previewed by the Kubang concept and is slated to go on sale in 2014.

Specifications were not released, but the Levante will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and could be offered with petrol and diesel engines.

Maserati also confirmed their entry-level sedan will wear the iconic Ghibli moniker. Set to slot beneath the next-generation Quattroporte, the Ghibli could be based on the Chrysler 300 and powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine with 400 hp (298 kW / 406 PS).

Source: Maserati

UNVEILED: THE NEW MASERATI MODEL NAMES

Paris, 27 September 2012- "The international spotlight of the Paris Auto Show - where Maserati is introducing the new GranCabrio MC - is the perfect setting to announce the names of the three much awaited future Maserati products; the models that will give Maserati a completely new scope to 50,000 units per year by 2015.

The first of the announced new models is the all-new Maserati Quattroporte - the model which will continue the 50-year success story which began in 1963, when Maserati established the category of ‘Luxury Sports Saloon' with the introduction of the first Quattroporte.

The new high-end E segment four-door saloon will be named Ghibli - a name that draws directly from Maserati's rich and successful tradition.

Finally, the name of the sports luxury SUV that will spring from the Kubang concept is Levante - derived from ‘Via Emilia Levante' in Bologna where, almost a century ago, the Maserati brothers dreamt of the company that today still bears their name. Considering that Levante will be marketed in 2014, the year Maserati will celebrate its Centennial, it seems a very apt name and, in many ways, a bridge to Maserati's future.

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Echo
Maserati is one of my favourite brands and the 4200 Coupe Cambiocorsa/GranSport one of my all time favourite cars design, and doesn't deserve this treatment, first it was GranTurismo rear section and dashboard, now this "thing" and the new Quattroporte..... This is so awful that I can't even know how to describe it!!!! Little by little they're killing the brand!!! What a bunch of suits!!!! Disgusting....
Nov 10, 2012 2:36 pm
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TomitaBogdan
the design of kubang is 100% PSA looks like a cross between citroen and peugeot. yeah, in the past decades maserati was under citroen ownership (crappy move by citroen that brought them to their knees and thus being purchased by peugeot) but hell, this is not what you'd expet from a premium brand. well if i remember the fiasco suv concept from bentley this maserati is remarcable... and the designer are being paid to put this rip-offs into production?! kinda stupid the management of maserati
Sep 28, 2012 1:23 pm
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autoficianado
The engineering and the technology are solid. You now have VW engines in Porsches and MB engines in Infinitis. Sideskraper is right, judge the final product without the old Chrysler prejudice. Welcome to the modern automotive world.
Sep 28, 2012 6:29 am
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sideskraper
A platform does not necessarily dictate the character of the resulting vehicle. It is simply the canvas upon which the engineers paint. There is too much to be lost from Maserati putting out a poor car again that if the platform was not able to deliver the outcomes they desire, they would not bring a brush anywhere near the canvas.
Sep 28, 2012 6:25 am
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hajime1990
I hope Maserati is aware that Levante name is already taken by, er, Suzuki...
Sep 27, 2012 9:12 pm
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PONTIAC G8 GXP
It was Mazda Levante - redesigned Suzuki Grand Vitara
Sep 28, 2012 3:29 pm
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Scuderia-Paul
Is the current Chrysler 300 still based on the MB E-Class like the first generation? Hearing that Maseratis will be based on Jeeps and Chryslers makes me want to cry...
Sep 27, 2012 7:49 pm
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kimbo
Maserati based on Chrysler 300. First they killed Lancia, now they will kill the Maserati. And I thought they will never get lower than the Biturbo. Stupid me. RIP MASERATI!
Sep 27, 2012 7:20 pm
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uzzie
This may just be me. I can't stand seeing these ultra luxury Companies coming out with ridiculous crossovers
Sep 27, 2012 7:09 pm
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edd_lg
You should not buy any of them, that will teach them a lesson.
Sep 28, 2012 4:49 am
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sensei
Then you do not understand simple economics and you are not a customer they care about. But then again, neither am I. However, I understand something called "cash flow" and these products all this in greater number. The idea that a company can exist alone as a super car maker is not born out by the facts. Companies need a lot of fat to raise money for the muscle. Its just the way it is.
Sep 29, 2012 8:43 am
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uzzie
Lets not get OTT with this, yes I understand simple economics, and I understand cash flow. But sometimes it comes down to what customers would actually want, and they need to better design their new models, I don't mind companies brining in new models, as long as they don't just "slap a badge on anything". Crowd-sourcing would be a great way to find out what customers really want, in the terms of design and performance
Oct 1, 2012 12:55 am
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sensei
Customers want to look rich and cool in exclusive brands and will spend the money for it. Internet fanboys do not fund car companies and that is why crowdsourcing is not a viable option. I'm with you on how crappy this Stupid Useless Vehicle is going to be, but economics is what economics is. Cool cars that internet fanboys cannot afford to buy anyway aren't going to create the cash flow to keep any car company afloat.
Oct 2, 2012 1:36 am
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uzzie
Which shows how much you know about "Internet fanboys"
Oct 2, 2012 4:19 am
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