The next Maserati Quattroporte will not get any bigger, according to Fiat design boss Lorenzo Ramaciotti.
“Even though our rivals – such as the new Audi A8 – are getting longer, we have to keep it as a sporty alternative,” he said.
Ramaciotti also admitted that the current grille treatment would remain. Harald Wester, Maserati’s CEO, has said the car will be offered with four-wheel drive and stop-start technology.
The new sports saloon, due in 2012, will also weigh around 15 per cent less than the current model and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will be improved by around 25 per cent.
Wester claims the addition of four-wheel drive will help Maserati's flagship model compete with its German rivals.
Other measures in the pipeline include downsized V6 and V8 engines, as well as an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.