Maserati has ambitious plans to increase their annual sales to 50,000 units and new details are starting to emerge about the products that will lead this massive growth.
First and foremost, the entry-level sedan (code-named the M157) will reportedly be launched next year and compete with the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. Despite the luxury ambitions, the model will feature a Chrysler-sourced engine lineup which is rumored to include a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 - based on the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 - and a 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS) 3.0-liter V6 diesel from the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Interestingly, Automotive News says the car was originally intended to be an Alfa Romeo flagship but those plans were scrapped because Maserati has a global sales network and can charge premium prices. Speaking of the latter, expect the model to cost €55,000 to €70,000 ($79,000 to $100,000).
If you need something with a little more legroom, the redesigned Quattroporte (code-named the M156) should be more to your liking. It will be "considerably" larger than the current model and battle the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class. Power will reportedly be provided by a 4.7-liter V8 - with direct injection technology - that produces 475 hp (354 kW / 482 PS). Additionally, there's word of all-wheel-drive, start/stop technology and an eight-speed automatic transmission. It remains unclear when the model will be launched but pricing is expected to range from €125,000 to €150,000 ($180,000 to $215,000).
Lastly, the Maserati SUV will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and feature a 450 hp (336 kW / 456 PS) 4.7-liter V8 and possibly the aforementioned 3.0-liter V6 diesel. The model will have unique styling and a bespoke interior. We should see a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, before the production model is launched in 2013.