Latest spy pics of Maserati's all-new luxury saloon in winter testing

Testing of the next-generation Maserati Quattroporte is stepping up ahead of sales starting in the first quarter of 2013. However, Maserati is still to decide whether to launch its new V8 petrol-powered sports saloon at the Paris show in September, or wait until Detroit in January 2013.

Being developed under the codename M156, the new Quattroporte will shift upmarket to make space in the range for Maserati’s forthcoming mid-size saloon — a competitor for the Jaguar XF and BMW 5-series and known internally as Project M157.

See the latest spy pics of the new Maserati Quattroporte

The Quattroporte’s new smaller saloon sibling, which is aimed at top-spec BMW 5-series models and will get V6 petrols and diesel engines, will also go on sale in 2013, Autocar has learned, after a debut at the Frankfurt motor show in the autumn of next year.

Maserati insists the new Quattroporte will be based on a “new” platform, but it’s likely to feature elements of the Chrysler 300C in its structure.

It is also expected to employ the latest ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, with a stop-start system, in place of the six-speed automatic that’s fitted to some current models. Updated versions of today’s V8 petrol engines will be carried over to the new car.

The new look is understood to be evolutionary but aims to give the Quattroporte a more expensive look to position range-topping versions in what Maserati calls the “super-luxury portion of the G-segment”.

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21 February 2012

Evolutionary styling or not, this has to be the best looking and most desirable for door executive super saloons out there.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

21 February 2012

Bugger, I thought I had beaten Teg to it

21 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

Evolutionary styling or not, this has to be the best looking and most desirable for door executive super saloons out there.

[/quote] Eh, no it isn't,Maserati are still stuck in the nineties ,ok, the front is an evolution,but from the B pillar back?

Peter Cavellini.

21 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

Evolutionary styling or not, this has to be the best looking and most desirable for door executive super saloons out there.

[/quote]

It doesn't have to be, but it is!

[quote pabs]

Bugger, I thought I had beaten Teg to it

[/quote]

You should've known better that. No one outdraws Teg, no one. :)

21 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]Evolutionary styling or not, this has to be the best looking and most desirable for door executive super saloons out there[/quote]

Meh...i used to like it...it looks dated now next to the Jag XJ. Looks too baroque.

Myk

21 February 2012

Am I mistaken or is this just a development mule using the existing cars bodywork? I seriously can't tell the difference.

21 February 2012

[quote Myk]

Am I mistaken or is this just a development mule using the existing cars bodywork? I seriously can't tell the difference.

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As far as I can see...

The nose bulge is slightly more pronounced, there are subtle difference with the front and read bumpers and there is a little more length in the rear doors.

I must admit, if push came to shove, I'd say this is more of a face lift than new model.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

21 February 2012

Looks very elegant and very cool. Wonder what's happening re engines? IMHO, the current 'one size fits all (Maseratis)' V8 is too frantic for a 4-door limo, sporting or otherwise. New QP needs a V8 with much more low-end oomph. Or a less BHP/more lb-ft version of a Ferrari V12...

DKW

21 February 2012

[quote Autocar]the new Quattroporte will shift upmarket ... Updated versions of today’s V8 petrol engines will be carried over to the new car[/quote] These two statements cannot be reconciled. Low CO2 tuning and the widespread use of forced induction have resulted in all of the Quattroporte's competitors providing wads of low engine speed torque. As a comparative lack of torque was always a bit of a weakness for even the 4.7, let alone the 4.2, these engines are really being shown up now, and if they move upmarket they will be positioned against cars which do everything well. Every Maserati has always had a significant shortcoming, I'm beginning to wonder if it's deliberate, to maintain 'character'. Also the current design has been around for long enough to be looking tired to see out another generation. A long car like that would benefit from some angles and straight lines again I think. Come back Ghandini ...

21 February 2012

If Maserati is launching a 4-door saloon smaller than the Quattroporte, what will it be called? "Quattroportine"?

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