Next Maserati Quatroporte Coming with AWD and Increased Efficiency

Nowadays, Ferrari is the exclusive vehicle maker that has the most willingness to go green, with the trend also set to be adopted by sister-company Maserati.Ferrari has already presented a hybrid 599 prototype, with the vehicle destined for series production.

The automaker has also confirmed that it will use V6 engines and feature forced induction on its eight cylinder engines to cut fuel consumption and emissions.

As we’ve said Maserati will also drive down the green route, with the first step being an eco transformation of the Quattroporte sedan, as Automotive News reports.

The next generation of the premium saloon will be 15 percent lighter and will offer a 25 percent fuel consumption reduction. One of the means through which this will be achieved will be the use of downsized V6 and V8 powerplants and an eight speed automatic gearbox. The vehicle will also come with a stop-start system.

However, the next generation of the Quattroporte, which will be introduced by 2014, won’t be all about tree-hugging. The vehicle will be underpinned by a platform that will be shared with future high-end Fiat and Chrysler, which will come with all wheel drive. While this might be good news for the customers, it is a reason of concern for the engineers, who will have to work harder to compensate the fuel consumption addition brought by the awd solution.

All these changes might make the vehicle more efficient, but it seems like they will set the car apart from the concept of high-performance saloon, making it even less of a competitor for the German powerwar soldiers than it is now.
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