The shape of the next Maserati Quattroporte can be seen in Autocar's latest spy pictures

These are the latest spy images of next year’s Maserati Quattroporte. The camouflaged car shows an elongated shape, and also indicates that the next Quattroporte is set to grow in size compared to the current car, which is 5097mm long, 1895mm wide and 1438mm high.

The images reveal snippets the new car's rear light design for the first time and show the Quattroporte's roofline, which will give the car a look akin to the Audi A7 Sportback.

The new look 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”.

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.

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. It has been reported in the Italian media that this smaller car will be known as the Levante.

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.

Our Verdict

Maserati Quattroporte 2004-2013
The fifth generation of Quattroporte gets a V8 engine and Pininfarina-penned body

The Maserati Quattroporte has character, balance and a wonderful engine, but its ride and gearbox mean it’s ultimately flawed.

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10 March 2012

If they build a Maserati with a filthy van engine in it, the game is up. What next, a Ferrari with a diesel engine? It's preposterous, a super car isn't bound by the same rules as Executive 'company cars' and the need to be 'tax efficient' . You might as well slap a Maserati badge on a 300C and be done with it. I am sick of the stink and rattle of diesel cars, they are like a plague spreading across Europe!

DKW

10 March 2012

[quote 289]What next, a Ferrari with a diesel engine? It's preposterous[/quote] What next, a repeat Le Mans winner with a diesel engine? It's preposterous, a super car shouldn't give you great waves of pulling torque at low revs, you should have to work hard to catch the power up at the top of the rev range, then stand around in icy winds on petrol forecourts refueling the thing because it's inefficient. And what's with this 'MP3' poppycock that the young people are using? They should get a proper Gramophone.

DKW

10 March 2012

[quote Autocar]position range-topping versions in what Maserati calls the “super-luxury portion of the G-segment”.[/quote] Rolls Royce, Maybach and the Mulsanne are the only cars in the super-luxury segment, which doesn't apply to the G segment (2 or 2+2 seater sports cars - from a Smart roadster to a 911). The new Maserati is an F segment car (luxury cars) and will continue to use a petrol engine that has torque comparable to what some turbocharged hot hatches are producing, and they are trying to tell us that their cars compare to 6.6 litre turbocharged Rollers. Marketing people, don't ya just love 'em.

10 March 2012

I think the Quattroporte is one of the most desirable cars on the market. I think a diesel engine would change that. Sure, it would be more economical, it would have more torque, etc, but I wouldn't hanker after one half as much. And let's face it, desirability is the Quattroporte's USP in this market for its price.

10 March 2012

I cannot imagine a diesel engine making any difference to the desirablility of the Quattroporte, but making the car uglier definitely would.

10 March 2012

i hope the disguise is a good one, and it doesnt really have that unfortunate 'hump back' shape like the XJ and Panamera . I dont believe Maserati would be that daft and as they obviously know what looks good judging by the current cars. i suspect it will turn out alright. i hope so. The current Quattroporte is a thing of beauty.

As for engines, i am all for choice. I would never consider a diesel, but i dont see why that should stop those with 'odd' tastes.

10 March 2012

Call me a snob if you like but the idea of a Massa( Project M157) really does things for me. One of the few cars I have yearned for and never had. That size would be of serious interest to me and has much more excitement to the name than either Jag or BMW. If the design is right and the price is right - then they would have a sure hit winner..

10 March 2012

I can understand the need for some big diesel engines in both the next Quattroporte and the smaller saloon. But more importantly, I'd be curious to know if a Ferrari 6 litre V12 will fit under the Quattroporte bonnet... Now that would take AMG to the cleaners!

10 March 2012

[quote DKW]a super car shouldn't give you great waves of pulling torque at low revs[/quote] I take it you're not a fan of the F40, Zonda, Huayra, Veyron, SLR, Koenigsegg CCX, MP4-12C, GT-R, 911 Turbo, and 911 GT2, then.

10 March 2012

[quote 289]If they build a Maserati with a filthy van engine in it, the game is up. [/quote] Yeah, I think Maserati would be far better off fighting with one hand tied behind their back by refusing to use diesel engines in a market where diesel is dominant, all in the cause of keeping knuckle-dragging flat-earther saddos like you happy.

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