Here are first pix of the all-new Maserati Quattroporte, set to be launched in 2013. It’s the first of three models in a growth plan that’s targeted to take Maserati’s annual sales up to 50,000 a year by 2015. The other two will be an E-Class fighter called the Ghibli, and the Levante SUV.

One glance and you won’t be faulted for thinking this is the previous generation. The evolutionary design maintains lots of design cues from the model it replaces like the front grille, the three side vents and the triangular C pillar. What’s new is a strong wavy belt line that runs through the side of the car, rising muscularly over the rear wheel arch. The new model will of course be longer, with improvements in luggage space and rear passenger cabin space.

No mention of the engine under the hood but from the number plate of the car on these studio shots we’re guessing a Ferrari V8 with 530 horsepower, which is higher than the outgoing model’s top of the line 430 PS 4.7 litre Ferrari V8. But we don’t expect that to be the lone engine – taking cues from the Porsche Panamera, we’re guessing there could be a possibility of a smaller V6 or perhaps even a diesel.

Look after the jump for a small gallery and videos of the new model.