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Maserati unveils 2017 Quattroporte Sedan
Maserati has formally unveiled a suite of updates that adds some new life to the Quattroporte for the 2017 model year;new technology and performance have also been added to the Quattroporte's impressive bag of tricks.
The updates that will certainly stand out the most are those made to the exterior styling. While the basic shape and profile may look the same, the 2017 Quattroporte borrows a lot of its inspiration from the Alfieri and it shows in the new front grille, which is accented by a slightly redesigned front bumper and strategically placed matte black trim elements. The refreshed Quattroporte also arrives with a Levante-inspired active aero element that is supposed to help reduce drag by 10 percent, which, in turn, helps the Quattroporte achieve a slight increase in overall fuel economy. The rear fascia largely stays the same which means that the love-it-or-hate-it tail lamps will see duty for a few more years.
In addition to the tweaked exterior, Maserati engineers updated the interior. The major change is the addition of a new 8.4-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Ditching the former puny 7-inch unit should help improve crispness and clarity, while allowing the Quattroporte to at last be on roughly equal footing with rivals such as Bentley and Rolls Royce. The system is controlled by an all-new rotary media controller, and supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A new driver assistance package also makes its way onto the options list; it features adaptive cruise control, lane departure and forward collision warnings, as well as automatic emergency braking capability. All of this new technology is part of two all-new trim levels: the GranLusso and the Gransport. Both of these trim levels are available for the Quattroporte S and S Q4, or be optioned onto the range-topping GTS variant.
Performance hardware for the 2017 Quattroporte largely remains unchanged with the 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 still producing 404 horsepower and 408 lb-ft of torque. The GTS still produces 523 horsepower and a lighting-quick 4.6-second 0 to 60 time with the base Quattroporte S and Quattroporte S Q4 models bringing up the rear with 4.9 and 4.8 seconds respectively. All three models still channel their power through an eight-speed automatic transmission that provides an excellent balance between fuel economy and performance.
Maserati is expected to formally unveil U.S. pricing "in the next few weeks"; deliveryof the revised Quattroporte to dealerships is expected later this month. The big question here, however, is whether these revisions will allow the Quattroporte to steal a bigger piece of the luxury car sales market from rivals such as the Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8, and the BMW 7-Series. Looking at current sales numbers, it would appear that it faces an uphill climb; last year Maserati posted lower sales across its entire range than Mercedes Benz did withits S-Class sedan. These paltry sales figures make the Quattroporte a compelling entry that is ultimately eclipsed by its rivals in both relevance as well as technology. It is currently unknown when the next generation Quattroporte will make its appearance, but, with the current pace of evolution, it will not be too much of a surprise if it's as early as 2019 or 2020.
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