Maserati has chosen Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January to debut its all-new Quattroporte high-performance sports luxury sedan.
The sixth generation of Maser's big sedan, it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Quattroporte's introduction in 1963 – although it will probably be considered a 2014 model by the time it goes on sale, later next year.
It breaks no new ground stylistically, with a look that is clearly an evolution of the current Quattroporte design theme, although it's a crisper and more lithe interpretation. The car is visibly bigger, with a longer wheelbase, its windshield seems more steeply raked, as does the rear window, there's a crease-line kick-up over the rear wheels.
Inside, there's a new instrument panel that is intended to stress the simplicity of lines and a big touch-screen display on the centre stack. "Functional elements are blended with soft quality surfaces made of prestigious woods and refined leathers," says Lorenzo Ramaciotti, head of the Maserati Design Centre
Power will reportedly come from an "all-new next-generation powertrain... designed and developed by Maserati and Ferrari engineers." Speculation suggests a 530-horsepower V-8 to be built by Ferrari in Maranello mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The car is expected to be buiIt at a former Bertone plant in Turin.
According to Maserati CEO, Harald Wester, the trident brand is poised for a period of dramatic growth, increasing production to 50,000 units a year by 2015. That growth will be based on three new models in two new segments of the market – of which the new Quattroporte is the first.