Saturday 10 March 2012

Spied: 2014 Maserati Quattroporte

For the first time, spies have snapped a full-bodied prototype of the next-generation Maserati Quattroporte undergoing cold-weather testing in Northern Sweden. The prototype was caught outside the Colmis test centre, where Fiat, GM, other manufactures, and more namely, Haldex test their products.

Despite the thick cladding and fake body panels, it's clear that the next Quattroporte will depart from its sedan bodystyle, evolving into a five-door fastback executive vehicle. The new look aims to give the Quattroporte a more upscale look to place the range-topping versions in what Maserati calls the “super-luxury portion of the G-segment”.

The Quattroporte will be spilt into two model lines, both sitting on the same platform. A larger size, 5,169mm (203.5”) will allow for sub-Quattroporte model, codenamed M157.

Based on a new platform, power will come from an updated 4.7 litre V8, that will boast 475bhp (469PS/354kW), alongside a possible twin-turbo 3.6 litre V6 Pentastar and 25% better fuel economy, thanks partially to a stop/start system. Unfortunately, a diesel isn't planned, however, a ZF 8-speed automatic with paddle-shifters and all-wheel-drive will be offered. Elements of the Chrysler 300C will be used in its structure to shave development costs.

Although unconfirmed, the all-new Quattroporte is expected to debut at the Paris motor show in September if development trials goes as scheduled. However, delays will see the debut pushed off until the Detroit Auto Show in early 2013.


Both Quattroporte models are expected to account between
30k - 35k sales a year

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