The Italian automaker Alfa Romeo is developing an all-new mid-sized luxury coupe dubbed as 6C according to reports from caranddriver.com.
The report claims that the car at stake will be based on the same platform as the recently launched Maserati Ghibli at the Shanghai Auto 2013 show.
It is a part of Sergio Marchionne's investment plans in Maserati and Alfa Romeo to renovate the Italian manufacturers and to expand their range of cars in every segment.
While the Ghibli is aimed at luxury car customers, the sportier 6C will more likely to compete against the likes of the BMW 6-series models, the Mercedes CLS and the Audi A7.
The proposed model is expected to have more rigid dampers and springs to complement its sportiness. Alfa is expected be opt for the dual-clutch automatic gearbox used by Ferrari and a modified twin-turbo V6 from Maranello which is currently being used for the Quattroporte and the Ghibli. Alfa may take the presence of Ferrari under Fiat Group as an advantage to employ its highly successful all-wheel drive system used in the FF.
Just like the Ghibli, a 3 litre V6 turbo-diesel will be available in the 6C lineup with power output close to 300hp. Once the four-door version arrives in 2015, the speculation is that the Fiat Group will set an ambitious sales target of 40,000 units per year.