The recently launched Maserati Ghibli is said to open a new chapter in larger premium models for both Maserati and Alfa Romeo.

The latest rumors suggest that Alfa Romeo could also unveil a new luxury sedan based on the same platform as the new Ghibli. The model could be named "6C" and while the Maserati model is more luxury-focused, the Alfa Romeo one will be a little bit sportier.

The new 6C is said to come two body versions: a four-door sedan and a two-door coupe. The sedan version will arrive in 2015 as a 2016MY and Alfa Romeo hopes to sell a total of 40,000 units a year.

Under the hood, the upcoming 6C will most likely retain the same engines developed in cooperation with Ferrari, which includes: a new twin-turbo V-6 and a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel. However, unlike the Ghibli, the new 6C will not be offered with a ZF eight-speed transmission. Instead, Alfa Romeo will get the same innovative dual-transmission all-wheel-drive system we have seen in the Ferrari FF.

Read more about the Ghibli after the jump

About Maserati Ghibli

2014 - 2015 Maserati Ghibli High Resolution Exterior
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The Maserati Ghibli was unveiled earlier this month at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, as a smaller alternative to the Quattroporte. The model is offered with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engines and a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel.

The gasoline-powered V-6 is offered in two power levels: 330 horsepower in the base model and 410 horsepower in the Ghibli S. This latter will be the fastest of the bunch with its 5-second 0-to-60 time and 177 mph top speed.

The diesel version delivers a total of 275 horsepower and offers a fuel consumption of 47 mpg.

The model is rumored to be priced at about $70k.

Source: CarAndDriver

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