This week, Maserati have shown us what their next Quattroporte sedan will look like, and it is set for a public debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January.
The new Quattroporte was designed at a special Maserati-only department within the Fiat Group Centro Stile design centre, under the guidance of ex-Pininfarina designer Lorenzo Ramaciotti. In terms of design, there is a resemblance to the GranTurismo range at the front, while the rest of the body uses a more modern design. Although the new Quattroporte will be slightly longer than the current one, it will weigh slightly less. The interior has new features as well, such as: a new steering wheel, a new gear lever, a new touchscreen interface, etc.
With the original Quattroporte in 1963, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports saloon and the new Quattroporte continues to be the benchmark for high quality engineering, supercar performance and comfort. Traditional hand crafted detailing continues in the new Quattroporte’s cabin, now more spacious and featuring both four and five-seat layouts.
Cabin luxury leaps forward technically too, with features like the Maserati Touch Control screen, adjustable pedals (left hand drive only), reversing camera and the optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as WLAN-based WiFi and compatibility with most modern mobile phone systems.
No specific details regarding performance and the engine have been released, except for the fact that the Quattroporte will continue to use a Ferrari-built V8 engine. The Italian carmaker claims that the new engine will not only be more powerful than the engines in the current Quattroportes, but also more fuel efficient. A ZF automatic transmission will likely be the only gearbox option for the Maserati.
The Quattroporte will be manufactured at the Officine Maserati Grugliasco plant in Grugliasco, near Turin, dedicated to Giovanni Agnelli; this former Bertone plant was acquired by Fiat S.p.A. in 2009 and renovated for production of the Ghibli and the Quattroporte.
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