Maserati's next-generation Quattroporte will make its debut at September's Frankfurt Motor Show, according to overseas reports this week.
That the Fiat-owned luxury and supercar brand has been developing a successor to the seven year-old fifth generation Quattroporte is no secret, but so far the company has been tight-lipped on a launch date.
Fiat has so far described the new car as a "completely new style, offering outstanding driving emotions and high-level quality."
A report by US publication Inside Line today suggests that the new sedan, known internally as the M156, will launch in Frankfurt as part of the brand's push to grow its sales beyond 20,000 cars each year.
With just 5675 sales in 2010, the Italian carmaker will need more than a new Quattroporte to hit its lofty target - but reports earlier this year point to a second new model in the form of an entry-level sedan aimed at the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The smaller sedan is reportedly known inside Maserati as the M157, and while the company has yet to confirm the project's existence, it is rumoured to be destined for a 2014 unveiling and a US$75,000 price tag.
Earlier reports suggest the 'entry level' sedan will share its underpinnings with the new Chrysler 300C, meaning rear-wheel-drive and a longitudinal engine are likely.
Last year, Maserati boss Harald Wester confirmed that the next Quattroporte would feature all-wheel-drive and stop-start technology, along with fuel consumption improvements of up to 25 percent over the current model.
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