New Maserati slated to share Chrysler 300C platform
The Maserati Biturbo once shared bits...
Maserati's new sub-Quattroporte sized saloon will share its floorpan and drivetrains with the next generation Chrysler 300C.
According to a report from Autoblog Italia, the 'badge-engineering' project will provide the Fiat group with a new Maserati entry model that effectively replaces the Alfa Romeo 166 in the group's model hierarchy (as a bridge between Alfa and Maserati's current line-ups), as well as a new flagship Lancia. The cost being talked about is in the 55-100k Euros price range.
As a result of the new model's introduction in 2013, the revised Quattroporte due a year earlier in 2012 will apparently get a bit bigger and a bit more expensive.
...with this. The Chrysler TC.
The Italian media are describing the new Maserati/Chrysler project as a spiritual successor to the lack-lustre 1980s Biturbo, and its dodgy stable-mate the Chysler TC by Maserati - a connection which frankly doesn't bode well.
However, if the new small car can retain some of the glamour of the much-admired Quattoporte, Maserati could be on to a winner - even if its new baby arrives with a 400hp twin turbo diesel V6 as suggested by the original article.
I didn't think the words "baby" and "300C" could be used together....the 300C isn't exactly small...
Paul 8v06 Sep 2010
Could have chosen a better base car, like a mattress...
soad06 Sep 2010
Not good, not good
dpbird9006 Sep 2010
Something else which doesn't add up in that article is that its supposed to be replacing the need for an Alfa 166, yet is going to cost around €55k, which is what, £40-45k? So it'd be aiming at the 5 Series/E Class/XF/A6 segment, yet be more expensive? It'd have to be biblically good.