The changes to the car’s exterior are small and comprise restyled bumpers, a more angular front grille with new vertical chrome slats and a matte black finish for body trim.
Inside there’s a new infotainment system housed in an 8.4in touchscreen and featuring a rotary knob in the centre console. Maserati says it has been able to remove buttons from the dash with this new system, giving the cabin a cleaner, less cluttered look.
The new infotainment system is smartphone compatible using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2016 model is claimed to be more potent and fuel efficient than ever, and it comes with a choice of turbocharged diesel and petrol V6s and a turbocharged petrol V8 that offer better straight-line performance and increased fuel efficiency compared with the outgoing model.
These gains have come in part thanks to a new electric air shutter, which opens and closes parts of the car’s front grille to improve aerodynamic efficiency by 10%, but also thanks to an increase in power for the base petrol 3.0-litre V6 engine.
The entry-level petrol now outputs 345bhp, 20bhp more than before, which works with the reduced exterior drag to shorten the Quattroporte’s 0-62mph sprint time to 5.5sec. At the other end of the line-up, the range-topping 3.8-litre petrol V8 produces the same 523bhp as before, but that boost to aero efficiency helps its top speed grow to 193mph.
The most efficient engine in the Quattroporte line-up is the 3.0-litre V6 diesel. No official fuel economy figures have been released for the 2016 model, but we can expect it to improve on the outgoing car’s claimed combined fuel economy of 45.6mpg.
Like the outgoing model, all of the 2016 engines come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
New driver-assist technology
Other features added to the 2016 Quattroporte include adaptive cruise control that can bring the car to a halt, lane departure warning, collision warning with brake assist and an automated emergency brake function. Additionally, a new surround camera is available as an option with a driver assistance package.
There’s also an intelligent pollution filtering system that adjusts to reduce the amount of harmful emissions that enter the cabin.
The 2016 Quattroporte is on sale now priced from £70,510 in entry diesel spec, while the range-topping V8 in GranSport GTS spec starts at £115,980.