Maserati reveals all-new Quattroporte
Maserati has revealed the all-new sixth generation Quattroporte saloon today, ahead of the public reveal at the Detroit Motor Show in January. It will be the first of a trio of new models that will be released including a smaller saloon and an SUV.
There are no official specifications ahead of the Detroit launch, but the new car is understood to be around 200 mm longer than the current model, most of which is in the wheelbase which grows considerably to give more rear space. The Chinese market is essential for this new Quattroporte and so rear seat space must be high on the list of priorities. Kerb weight should drop by around 50-100 kg over the current model too, impressive given the increase in size.
At launch the Quattroporte will be available with a derivative of the current 453 bhp 4.7 litre V8. We are guessing it could have 530 hp (525 bhp) given the number plate on the press car. This engine will be replaced later in the lifecycle by a smaller capacity turbocharged unit with around 500 bhp and will be joined by a V6 turbo as well. These engines will also power the new BMW 5-Series rivalling Ghibli model and the Levante SUV when they are released in 2014.
Visually the new Quattroporte is a bit of a mixed bag to us. There is no denying that from the rear three-quarter view it could be mistaken for an Infiniti and the posh Nissan styling can be seen on the rest of the car as well. We’re hoping it’s a grower, but replacing what was arguably the best looking saloon car of the last decade was never going to be an easy task.
The biggest news though, is the all-new interior. The previous model suffered greatly from an outdated interior and this new model answers that issue with a well thought out, classy looking design incorporating lots of leather and a large touchscreen infotainment system.
We’ll bring you more details when they are released.
Images courtesy of Maserati