Maserati confirmed today that it will introduce its new 2013 Quattroporte luxury sedan at the Detroit auto show in January. The car will go on sale next year as part of Maserati's goal to boost its annual sales to 50,000 units by 2015.
As our previous spy photos had shown, the new Maserati Quattroporte looks a lot like the old Quattroporte, although it now bears a passing resemblance to the brand’s GranTurismo coupe and cabriolet models. The car keeps its wide-mouthed grille with trident emblem and aggressive front air intakes, yet adds details like a new character line that flows along the length of the car, and more prominent creases and strakes for the hood. The Quattroporte's triangular C-pillar, rounded trunklid, and chrome exhaust tips remain, too. New narrower, rounder taillights recall those of the Audi A8.
"Its style was born out of the guiding design principles of Maserati: harmony of shapes, dynamism of lines, Italian elegance," Maserati design center head Lorenzo Ramaciotti said in a statement.
Maserati says the new Quattroporte is larger than before, and we've previously been told the new sedan will measure about 205 inches long to better match up with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It is widely believed the Quattroporte will be based on the chassis used for the Chrysler 300 -- that tie-up is possible because Italian automaker Fiat has a stake in both Maserati and Chrysler.
The included photo reveals that this particular Maserati Quattroporte has a V-8 engine, which we're told will probably be twin-turbocharged. We can expect an optional twin-turbo V-6 engine, and we're told that an eight-speed automatic transmission and both rear- and all-wheel drive are in the cards. Maserati says that all the car's engines were developed in Italy by Maserati and Ferrari.
The company also notes that the Quattroporte is "capable of fitting different powertrain architectures and transmission configurations," leaving open the option of other engines in the future. The new range of engines are said to be more powerful and "exciting" than before, yet more fuel-efficient than in the old Quattroporte.
It's on the inside that we spot the most evidence that the Quattroporte is based on a Chrysler 300 -- the headlight and power-window switchgear are clearly stolen from Chrysler's big sedan. The intricate, blue-lit gauges; fancy electronic shifter; and elegant wood dashboard trim are clearly designed for Maserati, yet the overall layout of the dashboard and center stack recall that of the 300. At least the interior looks considerably more expensive and sumptuous: witness the presence of leather trim on the door panels, rear-seat DVD players, and a large center console between the two rear seats.
Maserati vehicle development director Roberti Corradi called the new Quattroporte, "A luxury sports sedan that reaches new heights in terms of performance and handling, driving enjoyment as well as respect for the world we live in." We'll decide whether we agree with his conclusion when we see the car in person at the Detroit auto show in January 2013. The Quattroporte should go on sale by early summer 2013. Prices are likely to be around the $110,000 mark, depending on engine and equipment levels.
After the 2013 Quattroporte, Maserati will also launch the smaller Ghibli sedan and the Levante SUV.