Speculation has come about that Maserati’s upcoming 5 Series and XF rival, said to be set for debut at next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, is likely to take the Chrysler 300 (pictured) rear-wheel-drive platform as its base.

Rumoured to be named Levante, the entry-level sedan will slot below the upmarket Quattroporte – itself to be pushed even further upmarket. Further reports suggest that Chrysler’s 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 will be among the powerplant choices, and that the new car will have a front end akin to the Kubang SUV’s.

In the late 1980s, Maserati and Chrysler collaborated on a grand tourer which was unusually named ‘Chrysler’s TC by Maserati.’ Just 7,300 were produced over a three-year run.

Chrysler’s 300 is sold as the Lancia Thema in European markets save for the UK, where it keeps its maiden name. The all-new Quattroporte is said to be surfacing late this year, so inevitably, more details are to come. As always, we’ll keep you posted.