According to an Inside Line report, Maserati is working on producing a miniature Maserati Quattroporte to debut as early as the end of 2011. Other reports indicate a launch date of 2014 is more likely.
Either way, Maserati is keen on taking on the Germans in the sports sedan category and is developing a new car to tackle the likes of BMW's M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. Maserati also sees the Jaguar XF-R as a potential rival.
The new car won't be styled by the traditional Pininfarina design studio though - like the Quattroporte - sources say Fiat Centro Stile will do the styling. But this won't mark an new era and end the relationship between Pininfarina and Maserati, the switch is said to be reserved simply for this car only.
Meanwhile other rumours say the new car will be built using a Chrysler 300C platform under the Fiat/Chrysler partnership. These rumours include a twin-turbo Penstastar V6 powertrain, which could be adopted to be used on the baby Maserati.
Maserati hasn't decided on where the new baby Quattroporte will be built yet or released definite specification details, but it's about time the Italians took on the Germans in the sedan category.