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Expect a Second Maserati SUV by 2020 According to Fiat Chrysler CEO

Expect a Second Maserati SUV by 2020 According to Fiat Chrysler CEO

There will be a Second Maserati SUV by 2020

At end of 2016, Maserati introduced the Levante to the world and entered the SUV market. Now, Maserati will be releasing a second SUV by 2020. Automotive News reports that Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne stated this recently. The new SUV will be a size smaller than the Levante on the Giorgio platform. This means the new Maserati SUV will share the platform with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. As you’d expect, this new SUV will sport its own power train.

Maserati Aims to Sell 70,000 to 80,000 Vehicles per Year

With 2 SUVs, Marchionne believes Maserati will be able to sell 70,000 to 80,000 vehicles per year. Three quarters into 2017, Maserati has sold around 36,000 vehicles. This is impressive as the previous years value was 24,000 vehicles at the same time in 2016. This is an increase of 12,000 vehicles which can be due to the Levante’s entrance to market. Unfortunately for Maserati, the Quattroporte sales are down from previous years, probably due to the other vehicles being sold in the lineup.

Maserati Demand is Lower than Expected in China

In China, Maserati Levante demand has been lower than calculated so the Levante production is turned down. Regardless, the Levante has made sales worldwide in the last year. Due to this, Maserati hopes a second SUV with a lower MSRP would increase overall sales. The Levante has a “cheap” Chrysler switchgear layout and electronic shifter but has proven itself in other areas. In off-road and touring capabilities, the Levante exceeds any expectations. Not to mention that it feels and handles like a true sports SUV.

A Second Maserati SUV Should Increase Demand & Profits

Overall, the Levante is a beautiful car and a younger brother should increase Maserati’s market reach. With Maserati’s new cheaper models, the sales have increased leading to higher profitability for the company. As you’d expect, this led Maserati to the decision to create a second SUV by 2020. Even though it’ll share the Giorgio platform with the Stelvio, it should be an amazing vehicle. In the end, we will just have to wait until 2020 to see what Maserati has planned for the future.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Maserati Levante: Battle of the European SUVs

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Maserati Levante

On display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the Alfa Romeo Stelvio while the Philadelphia Auto Show displayed the Maserati Levante, the two new Italian stallion SUVs. On the exterior, the two Italian cars share similarities, but under the hood and inside the cabin, they differ quite a bit.

A Quick Look Under the Hood

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has two different engine options. The smaller version is an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine which delivers 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque. Its counterpart, the more powerful twin-turbo V6, delivers 505 horsepower and can go 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Currently, the Maserati Levante features a 3.0-liter V6 engine with either 345 horsepower on the base model or 424 horsepower on the S model. At its best, the Levante takes about 5.0 seconds to go from 0-60 mph. However, a 560 horsepower V8 is scheduled for availability on the Levante in 2018.

Both cars are all-wheel drive, but the Maserati is being built for going off-road. By switching the Levante into its “off-road” mode, drivers enjoy better handling in winter weather or harsh conditions.

Instead of an “off-road” mode, The Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a “race” mode. This feature disables the ESC and activates the overboost function. It also adjusts steering and overall engine performance.

Inside the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Maserati Levante

Inside, the two cars have almost nothing in common. The Levante is all about luxury. If the standard leather seats aren’t opulent enough, the Luxury Zegna package features leather and silk seats. The cabin has accents of aluminum as well as a sleek, clean design. The Maserati has Touch Control, a touchscreen display, as well as a customizable gauge cluster.

The Stelvio, in contrast, is less about luxury and more about fun. The Quadrifoglio has sport leather seats which are heavily bolstered for comfort. A wide screen infotainment system takes up most of the dashboard. Dramatic detailing draws the eye and screams “Hey, look at me.” Overall, the interior design of the Stelvio is bolder than the Levante.

How They Compare in Price

The Levante and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio are similar in price at around $70,000+ while the base Stelvio is estimated to be ~$50,000.. Whether you prefer the Levante or the Stelvio depends solely on your lifestyle. If you want an off-road adventure, the Maserati is for you. However, if speed is your thing, go for the Stelvio. In the end, both cars live up to their hype and offer quite a bit of bang for the buck.

Looking Rich for Cheap: 2005 Maserati Quattroporte Worth It?

2005 Maserati Quattroporte

Are you currently looking on the auto market for a luxury vehicle that will impress? If not, have you ever considered buying a used high-end vehicle? Looking rich for cheap may be possible with the availability of older luxury vehicles. An example of an older vehicle within a reasonable price range is the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte.

The 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is 12 years old at this point. Although, that doesn’t make the prestige of the Maserati brand completely undesirable. On today’s market in 2017, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is for sale used for between $20,000 to $25,000. This price is a major discount compared to its original MSRP of $106,000 before options in 2005. There are many positive and negative aspects to consider if you’re considering purchasing this vehicle.

First, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte withholds a 4.2-liter V8 engine producing 394 horsepower and 333 lb.-ft. of torque. Of course, that V8 comes with the luscious Maserati exhaust notes. The downside of the V8 is that it averages 12 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway. That makes the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte define the true meaning of a gas guzzler. At 4,375 pounds, or 2.2 tons, the Quattroporte is quite a heavy vehicle, which is probably part of the gas guzzling problem. Also, keep in mind that a vehicle this old will not have a warranty, so anything that happens is on you.

Second, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte has positive and negative reviews. On a positive note, Kelly Blue Book rates the vehicle at a 9.5/10. On the other hand, some people relay negative comments. Some of the negative reviews include the design not aging well, it being unreliable, and a terrible transmission. There’s also the dreadful sound of the car beeping internally while in reverse. And, the Manual/Automatic button on the dashboard to activate the paddle shifters. On the other side, the car is still a Maserati and prominently states so.

Looking Rich for Cheap in the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte

Overall, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is a vehicle that makes looking rich for cheap a possibility. In 2005, this car was worth over $100,000 which symbolizes wealth. Today, the car may be worth $80,000 less but it still displays its prestige proudly. In the end, it is truly up to the buyer if the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is a worth investment.