The Italian automaker sent out some pictures of the new car on Tuesday but released few details.
“If you want a Ferrari sedan, go buy a Maserati.” – Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa
The closest you’ll get to a sedan with a prancing horse on the hood? Maserati’s 2013 Quattroporte (which literally means “four doors”) sedan.
In a statement, Maserati design boss Lorenzo Ramaciotti said that some of the elements from the previous model have been intentionally retained, such as the front grille, the three side vents and the triangular C-pillar. The Quattroporte is moving up a bit in size to make room for the upcoming Ghibli sedan, which will compete with the Mercedes-Benz E-class and BMW 5-series.
The engine is promised to be more powerful and efficient than its predecessor, which was a 4.2-liter V-8 making 400 horsepower and moving the sedan from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Eagle-eyed observers will note in the photos that the rear license plate says “QP 530 HP,” a potential nod to 530 horsepower.
Maserati CEO Harald Wester said the automaker has big plans, including growing the business to 50,000 units a year by 2015 (compared to just under 10,000 today) and adding two new production sites on two continents.
“It starts with the all-new 2013 Maserati Quattroporte,” he said.
Maserati is also planning a smaller sedan than the Quattroporte (think BMW 5-Series size), which will be called the Ghibli.