Maserati is currently putting the finishing touches on the new Quattroporte, but the Italian carmaker is also working on a smaller car which ‒ for the first time in the company’s history ‒ will be powered by a diesel engine.

The news that the Maserati family will be extended with a smaller diesel powered sibling has been reported by Autobild. According to the German magazine, the first Maserati diesel-powered engine will be a V6 with an estimated output of more than 300 horsepower and 700Nm of torque.

This engine will propel a smaller version of the Quattroporte unofficially dubbed “Maseratina” which is likely to take on cars like the Audi S6, BMW M5 and Jaguar XFR. In addition to the diesel, the new Maserati will be available as a petrol powered V6 with twin-turbo. The Maseratina is expected to hit the markets in 2013.

[Via Autobild]

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