Maserati is readying three new production models for the market, one of which will bear the name â€œLevanteâ€, AutoGuide reported citing Motorionline.
The Italian luxury automaker has recently trademarked the â€œLevanteâ€ badge for use as a nameplate on one of its new vehicles. The Quattroporte will soon be getting a successor, the Kubang SUV concept is working its way into a production model, and the most likely of the three to use the Levante name is a new sports sedan being produced to compete with the likes of BMW's M5 and Audi's A7.
This new small sedan will be Maserati's answer to an affordable luxury car, supposedly starting around the $75,000 mark.
Maserati hasn't said which car will get the â€œLevanteâ€ title, but the company has given some obvious clues. The rights to the name â€œCinqueporteâ€, which literally translates to five doors, has also been trademarked by the company, and is the clear choice for the new SUV. The â€œQuattroporteâ€ badge is already a nameplate with some prestige attached to it, so changing it to something new and unknown is also unlikely. That leaves the new sports sedan, which we would bet will be named â€œLevanteâ€ when it debuts sometime in 2013.