Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Car: 2014 Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati will use the Detroit auto show in January to unveil the 2013 Quattroporte luxury sedan. Seen here, the new Quattroporte is part of Maserati’s ambitious business plan to boost annual sales to 50,000 units by 2015.

As our previous spy photos had shown, the new Maserati Quattroporte looks a lot like the old Quattroporte, although it now bears a passing resemblance to the brand’s GranTurismo coupe and cabriolet models. The car keeps its wide-mouthed grille with trident emblem and aggressive front air intakes, yet adds details like a new character line that flows along the length of the car, and more prominent creases and strakes for the hood. The Quattroporte’s triangular C-pillar, rounded trunklid, and chrome exhaust tips remain, too. New narrower, rounder taillights recall those of the Audi A8.

“Its style was born out of the guiding design principles of Maserati: harmony of shapes, dynamism of lines, Italian elegance,” Maserati design center head Lorenzo Ramaciotti said in a statement.
 Maserati says the new Quattroporte is larger than before, and we’ve previously been told the new sedan will measure about 205 inches long to better match up with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It is widely believed the Quattroporte will be based on the chassis used for the Chrysler 300 — that tie-up is possible because Italian automaker Fiat has a stake in both Maserati and Chrysler.

The included photo reveals that this particular Maserati Quattroporte has a V-8 engine, although there are rumors the 2013 Quattroporte will also add a downsized, turbocharged V-8 and a twin-turbo V-6 at a later date. We were told some of those engines will be derived from units in the Chrysler stable, yet Maserati asserts that all the cars engines were developed in Italy by Maserati and Ferrari.

Thanks to: Motor Trend

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