In line with previous reports, Maserati is thought to be developing a new rear-wheel drive platform that will spawn the new Quattroporte as well as the smaller sedan, and even the next-generation GranTurismo. According to insider information, the new platform will make extensive use of lightweight aluminum and be capable of implementing a hybrid system Maserati is likely to borrow from Ferrari. Also borrowed from Ferrari will be the FF supercar’s complex all-wheel drive system, which is expected to feature as an option on both the new Quattroporte and smaller sedan.
As for the engine offerings in Maserati's new lineup, Ferrari is expected to remain the official supplier but instead of a sole V-8 there's a report suggesting that a supercharged V-6 as well as a downsized twin-turbocharged V-8 are expected to feature. Ferrari's decision to build more engines for other companies, even if only fellow Fiat Group brands, is part of its overall strategy to grow its business without building more cars and diluting its exclusivity. The plan is said to be one of the wishes of Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Look for the new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte to surface around the end of the year, possibly at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next January, followed by the smaller sedan and new SUV a year later.