Maserati's product plans have taken a few wild turns, but as we get closer to production dates for the long-awaited offerings things are getting a wee bit clearer. The the sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte is here, and a quick recap according to a report in Car and Driver has the smaller Ghibli sedan on Chrysler's LX/LY platform next, then the next-generation GranTurismo coupe and cabrio on a Maserati platform, then the Kubang SUV concept (pictured) that, for production, will become the larger Jeep-Cherokee-based Levante SUV.

All of which gets us to 2015. That same year, according to the report, the Levante will get a brother: a smaller SUV or crossover, perhaps sized like the Kubang concept, to challenge the Audi Q5 and the Porsche Macan. It is predicted to use the Compact US Wide platform, built for front-wheel and all-wheel-drive vehicles, that supports the Dodge Dart and 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulia. In addition to giving the premium brand a competitor in what is a very popular segment, a Maserati move slightly downmarket can help fill a gap while Fiat brass figures out what to do with Lancia.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      The lines of this make more sense now that the new Quattroporte is out. Hard to know if they should be doing this or not. Porsche makes most of its profits on the Cayenne from what I read.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what the Mazda CX5 should have looked like. Not that conservative boring facelift it now has.
        chromal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lunch
        Funny, I was about to write "Looks like a CX-5!" Mazda's facelift is not boring, and it looks incredibly. Not sure how they pulled that off on a CUV with such entry level pricing. Also, when you have to ask the question "How many CX-5s coudl this Maserati buy?" knowing it'll be more than four or five, your comparison is beyond ridiculous.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lunch
        Where does Mazda come into play here?
      guinnessfanatic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another brand being whored off and destroyed to fill market niches.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guinnessfanatic
        Agreed, but unfortunately you have to be a ***** to survive. Porsche wouldn't be where it is without the Cayenne and Panamera, both of which I despise. If it allows them to continue making Boxters, Caymans and 911s though, it's a fair price to pay.
          RJC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          It's called selling your soul to the devil. You get all the benefits in the here and now. That is, until he comes around looking for payment...
      quuppa70
      • 2 Years Ago
      stupid move, they are eating Alfas segments, these all cheaper cars should be made as Alfa
      Jai302
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way to dilute an awesome brand. Good job /sarcasm
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jai302
        Thats what they said about Porsche. Get over it.
      Clock
      • 2 Years Ago
      We are so illogical. I am completely surprised that the SUV lust hasn't died down by now, if nothing more than for the sake of lower emissions and wind resistance. Now I do know that compromises can be made, though this certainly sounds like one of the first extravagances that should have had to go or at least been reduced in frequency.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they can actually design the second one, rather than this mix of CX-5 and Q5...
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will be what jeep compass based?
      CruzControl
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's right Sergio...Milk Maserati for everything it's worth by diluting the brand with front drive compacts.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CruzControl
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      Drift Motion
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like i'm not the only one that had "hey that looks like a CX-5" in mind on first sight...
      Dean
      • 2 Years Ago
      'Kubang' sounds like it could be the noise an airbag makes when it goes off... I'm not a fan of SUVs, or crossovers, but I'm kind of liking this...
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