According to a report from a car magazine, the Fiat Group is preparing to show off its Chrysler to the next level along with the appearance of other three latest models covering one SUV and two luxury sports sedans. The key technology and components from the Chrysler Group’s line- up will be all paired to both models.
The first model to be shown off is the Maserati SUV which has been long rumored to be previewed by a concept study in September at the next 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, before arrive in showrooms in the upcoming 2013.
The report stated that Maserati’s Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V8 engine will be mounted under the hood of luxury SUV, producing output about 450 hp. Another report of Top Gear claimed that the Italians will employ the Grand Cherokee SRT8′s 470HP 6.4-liter HEMI V8. There’s also a rumor in Europe that the SUV will be empowered by the Grand Cherokee’s VM Motori-sourced 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel, producing 300 hp.
For the appearance itself, it said that Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will shift the ongoing Maserato Quattroporte with two sedan models. Technology from the Detroit firm’s “Chrysler 300 and Dodge Avenger” models also rumored to be employed on both sedan models. Maserati confirmed to show a smaller sedan which almost similar to the BMW 5 Series but bigger than the Quattroporte saloon.
Masserati added that the new models will use the same Chryslers badge but not the same body and interior. A Maserati’s nature layout is said to be retained on the Quattroporte with a front longitudinal engine and rear-wheel drive, powered by a greatly reworked Chrysler’s 3.6 liter V6. The six- cylinder unit which will be reduced in its capacity of 3.0 will be mounted along with the fuel saving MultiAir air management system, twin turbocharging and direct injection in order to enhancing to more than 400-horses.
The Maserati extra-large limo is estimated to be powered by the Ferrari-built 4.7-liter V8 mated to the ZF Group’s eight- speed automatic transmission, producing output around 475 hp.
In Europe, the new small sport is expected to be priced between €55,000 and €70,000 or around US$79,000 to US$101,000.