Maserati is keeping most of the details on its new Quattroporte secret, but we can confirm it’s longer and roomier than the outgoing model. It’s also expected to be lighter and more powerful.
Underneath the new sheet metal is a mostly steel monocoque structure. A shortened version of this is expected to feature in the recently confirmed Ghibli sedan.
Power in the latest version of the Quattroporte will once again come from a Ferrari-sourced engine, though we should be seeing more than one engine option this time around. At launch, expect to see a V-8, while further down the track a turbocharged V-6 should join the fold. Both engines will be manufactured at Ferrari’s facilities in Maranello, Italy.
The exterior of the new Quattroporte is an evolution of the outgoing model’s lines, though there have clearly been influences from the desires of specific markets. The extra length, necessary to boost rear legroom, is almost certainly an influence from the Chinese market, where many Quattroporte owners are likely to be chauffeured.
Handling the design work was Lorenzo Ramaciotti. He explains that the previous model’s grille, fender ports and triangular C pillar all carry over onto the new car, but are joined by a strong belt line that runs through the entire side of the car. Another special touch is the frameless doors.
Inside, the design of the Quattroporte follows a “less is more” philosophy as reflected by uncluttered surfaces and only a few physical controls. These functional elements are blended with soft quality surfaces made of luxurious woods and refined leathers.
Stay tuned for all the specs and live photos of the new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte following its Detroit debut in January.