TURIN -- Maserati has increased the size of its new Quattroporte sedan as it seeks to target customers who traditionally buy long-wheelbase versions of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz flagships.
The revised model will grow from the current 5100mm to 5300mm, company sources have told Automotive News Europe, corresponding to larger variants of models including the Audi A8, BMW 7 series and the Mercedes S class, which are all between 5200mm and 5300mm long.
The Quattroporte will debut at the Detroit auto show in January ahead of European sales in the spring and a U.S. rollout in the summer.
The luxury sedan forms a vital part of Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's bold plan to boost Maserati sales to 50,000 units a year by 2015 from 6,159 last year.
The company hopes to achieve annual sales of 12,000 Quattroportes, over twice the 5,088 delivery peak recorded by the current model in 2007.