You knew already that Maserati prepares a new model placed below the Quattroporte . But while previous rumors suggested this new model won’t arrive until 2014, Inside Line now reports that the official debut will actually be made in the fall of 2011. The new "baby Quattroporte" will take on models like BMW M5 , Jaguar XFR and Mercedes E-Class AMG .
The car will be designed in-house by Fiat Centro Stile under the leadership of Fiat chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti. There was already reported that the new model will be offered in two different versions.
The first will be an entry level model priced at around $68,000 and powered by a V8 engine. The second version will be a more powerful one that will be about 20% more expensive. While Maserati has offered no details on the platform that will be used for the new model, it is believed it will combine elements from both the next-generation Quattroporte, as well as the replacements for the current GranTurismo and GranCabrio .