The prototype of the next-generation Maserati Quattroporte has been caught roaming the streets of Italy. Although the test mule was covered in camouflage, the photos give us a good look at the Italian automaker’s flagship sedan. Maserati is also readying a smaller sedan and crossover to increase sales around the world.
To reach its lofty goals, the Italian automaker is enlarging the Quattroporte to better compete with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class as well as make room for a midsize sedan to compete with the 5 Series and E-Class. Thanks to Fiat’s connection with Chrysler, the next-generation Quattroporte will use a revised version of the long-wheelbase Chrysler 300 chassis. The Quattroporte could use a twin-turbo V-8 with as much as 500 hp when it arrives sometime next year.
The brand’s distinct grille shape is recognizable through the camouflage. Out back, the roofline swoops back more than the current model. LED daytime running lights and LED taillights are visible beneath the camouflage.
The smaller sedan won’t share any parts with the current or next-generation Quattroporte; we expect it will borrow the Alfa Romeo 169’s underpinnings and be called the Ghibli, using turbocharged V-6 power.