The spy photogs at CarPix have caught the upcoming small sedan from Maserati to slot under the Quattroporte, rumored to be dubbed Levante, out testing. The spy shots frankly don't tell us much more than that, since the mule is wrapped in an ill-fitting Quattroporte body giving away little more than a shorter wheelbase and smaller brakes.

The Levante, if that's what it's called, will be Maserati's entry into the luxury mid-sized sedan segment to compete with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. Said to arrive late next year, it will have its luxury ducks in a row, supposedly offering a twin-turbo V6, a V8 and a 300-horsepower diesel with 500 pound-feet of torque.

Questions about engines and their provenance remain; the next Quattroporte is getting a Ferrari-sourced supercharged V6 and turbocharged V8, but it is wondered if the Levante's V6 might come from the other side of the Fiat stable, namely Chrysler. No matter where the motors come from, though, they'll be run through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.


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      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car will be a force to reckon with. Who's gonna buy a 5-series or E-class over a Maserati? Badge buying bandits need to know this car is coming and when its going to be available. It'll be a success.... I just wonder now if a 3-series/C-class sized car would be too much dilution to the Maserati name though, because one of those would REALLY sell, and be on every street in cities.
        timber
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Street King
        I would say the same about Jaguar and BMW and MB but the fact is that in Europe (I don't know about the USA) the 5er and the E-Class outsell the S-Type/XF several times over...
        Dump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Street King
        IDK. The brand just needs a halo sedan, coupe, & SUV that are "worth" the coin. If they can produce credible vehicles at the top of the lineup, the other vehicles will be natural sellers. Maserati just needs to compete in key categories and really be competitive. And quality in content should be a priority as well.
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 2 Years Ago
      Supercharged pentastar with 8 speed auto. : )
      • 2 Years Ago
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      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the Levante will be Maserati's entry in the full-size luxury segment, then what segment does/will the Quattroporte compete in? Seems to me that the Pentastar 3.6L V6 is a no-brainer for the base model (maybe retuned or turbocharged) -- especially if they want to sell (or produce) these in North America. It doesn't sound as cool without a sexy Italian name but I'm sure it's every bit as capable and reliable as whatever V6 Ferrari will make.
      tbird57w
      • 2 Years Ago
      time for the marque to go back into hibernation.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The interiors are dreamy, but the exteriors are completely uninspired. Especially for an Italian car.
      trzjax
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a sad puppy dog...
      • 2 Years Ago
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