Sporty sedan bows ahead of car show debut
Maserati unveiled images of its all-new sixth-generation Quattroporte sedan November 6, ahead of the car's official debut at the North American International Auto Show in January.
The images revealed the 2013 car retains several key design elements from the previous generation – including the grille and C-pillar shape – but introduces some new ones, too, including a bold character line that runs the length of the car.
The new Quattroporte also appears slightly longer than its predecessor, points out CarScoop.
"Its style was born out of the guiding design principles of Maserati: harmony of shapes, dynamism of lines and Italian elegance," explains Lorenzo Ramaciotti, head of Maserati Design Centre.
"More generous in size when compared to the previous model, the new Quattroporte has a design that is at once graceful and sinuous, fashioned to bring out the sporty nature of the car."
The interior has been similarly revised, Ramaciotti explains, to stress "the simplicity of lines and the full functionality of the on-board instrumentation."
The Italian automaker hasn't released any other details about the new S-Class-rivalling Quattroporte, save for the fact it will be powered by an "all-new next-generation powertrain" developed in conjunction with Ferrari.
The Quattroporte is the first of three new models Maserati will introduce over the next few years, the others being the Ghibli midsize sedan and the Kubang concept-based Levante crossover SUV.