We have known for some time now that Maserati plans to expand its range within the next few years with a new crossover model, previewed by the Kubang Concept, and a smaller sedan than the Quattroporte.
The latter will compete against the Audi A7, BMW 6-Series Grand Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLS, as well as the higher end versions of the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
For the first time, our scoop photographers have captured what they claim to be an early test mule for the executive sports sedan that will sit right under the next Quattroporte, which is nearing the final stages of development.
Naturally, the first thing you will notice about this prototype is that it wears the body shell of the current generation Quattroporte, but if you take a closer look at the pictures, you will also see that the wheels, especially on the front axle, are positioned slightly off-center.
This suggests that the test mule, which was created to evaluate the new model's underpinnings, may be riding on a shorter wheelbase.
The actual production model that some sources say will be named 'Levante' is scheduled to appear towards the end of 2013 or in early 2014 and will of course feature a different design.
Powertrain options will likely include a force-fed V6 and a V8 engine, both coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission feeding the rear wheels.
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