• Jul 12th 2010 at 2:32PM
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Maserati has ambitious plans to break out of the fringe and into the mainstream. To do so, the Trident marque is going to need more than just the two models it currently holds in its stable. Fortunately, Maserati has plans in place to expand and they're beginning to come into focus.

Following earlier reports from back in April that the Modenese automaker was planning to slot a BMW 5 Series rival in below the current Quattroporte, and subsequent rumors that the QP's successor could go both all-wheel drive and more eco-friendly, come new reports on the smaller sedan's progress.

Motor Trend projects that the baby QP will arrive around 2015 with a starting price around $68,000. A flexible new platform could underpin the next Quattroporte itself, as well as the successor to the current GranTurismo. Sources also forecast that the base version of the next-gen QP will also go slightly down-market, but that the space between the two sedans in the stable will remain sufficiently delineated.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Still looks like a late 90's Buick to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It just doesn't look particularly outstanding (speaking strictly of the outside aesthetics, that is). I'll stick with just about any of the ones JSF mentioned, or a CTS-V.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Having seen and heard a QP in person, I have to say it is not a bad looking sedan and the engine / exhaust sound incredible at speed.

      It had better be an outstanding sedan when it is finally released because the BMW 5, Audi 6 Jaguar XF, Infinity M, Lexus GS will all have established customers and had at least one refresh before then.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I worked at a very large exotic car dealership as a summer job last year in the service department, and we had a fair amount of QPs and GTs come in, and for all their exterior beauty, the thing that made them really stand out was their interiors. EVERY material, EVERY button, EVERY surface is just...pleasing...to the touch (I know that sounds weird). I sat in Porsches Audis Astons and Jags at that job, and none of them could touch the Maseratis in interior quality. Not even Jaguar.

        So for that reason, I will be looking very closely at this car when it comes out, hopefully right around the time I can make the cash to afford it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was really excited until I read the phrase "Motor Trend projects..."

      I'm not saying it won't happen. But if Motor Trend projects that it will, it probably won't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new affordable Maserati will be based on the Dodge Charger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      2015? Geez.
      Not sure if we'll even have gasoline by then.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh god please make it look more like the stunning Maserati GT coupe and not the hideous 4-door sedan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dude, the sedan is what, 7 years old? And it still holds its own and commands attention. I like this idea - if Porsche can do it, why not Maserati? Maybe bring out a coupe version too and call it the Biturbo. But of course give it two turbos.
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