2013 Maserati Mid-Size Sedan Rendered

Fiat’s on again/off again plans for Alfa Romeo have led to an expansion in future plans for Maserati. While its name definitely has an exotic-car cachet in the marketplace, it for most of its history it has occupied a space below Ferrari. Take for instance the Maserati Biturbo or Quattroporte, both areas Ferrari never dared to tread. Given this, instead of tainting the Ferrari name with a sedan or SUV, Maserati is taking that role.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee-based Kubang Concept (likely called Cinqueporte in production) is evidence of this. More is in the works though – a centerpiece being a smaller sedan to slot in below the Quattroporte. The new car would go up against the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class; particularly the sporting versions of these cars.

Competing directly against the BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG would preserve Maserati’s performance reputation. The as-yet-unnamed car would leave room for the Quattroporte to grow and move upmarket in price tag. The car would be a foot shorter than the Quattroporte.

Automobile Magazine has penned a new rendering of what the car could look like, and it is gorgeous. Underneath is Chrysler’s LY rear-wheel drive platform, but reworked for Maserati duty. Only the most basic platform components will be shared – from the sounds of it the car will be nothing like its Chrysler counterparts. Automobile spoke with Maserati chief engineer Harold Wester and he said “Every brand-relevant item will be developed from scratch….when there is a need to cooperate, it will happen internally among Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and Ferrari. Automobile says the new sedan will include Maserati-developed braking, suspension and steering systems, as well as new engines. Instead of V-8s, the new Maserati sedan will be powered by a turbocharged MultiAir V-6. The new mid-size sedan as well as the Quattroporte are slated for a launch in 2013.

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.

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