Although its initial pre-release statement was intentionally light on technical details, Maserati has now shared official images of its upcoming flagship sedan that will make its formal debut next January in Detroit. A bit larger than the car it will replace, the sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte is lighter, as well. Visually, this new Quattroporte combines slightly edgier body forms and a more prominent beltline with a good number of current signature exterior cues like an ovaloid grille with vertical bar insert side vents in the front fenders and a triangular C-pillar treatment.

It's a similar story inside of the new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, which embodies a mix of polished woods, supple leather and soft-touch surfaces that according to Lorenzo Ramaciotti, Head of Maserati Design Center, "stress the simplicity of lines and the full functionality of the in-board instrumentation."

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On the mechanical front, the Quattroporte's comprehensive redesign process will endow this new iteration with an even greater level of absolute performance on all fronts. While the Gen VI variant is capable of accepting a number of different powertrains, it appears likely that U.S.-spec models will be fitted with a new Maserati-badged/Ferrari-sourced V8 that will send power to the rear wheels -- or possibly even to all four wheels at some point in the future. A comprehensive chassis retuning further enhances the dynamic character of this luxury sport sedan, which Maserati execs also promise will be the safest and most eco-friendly Quattroporte ever. Expect more information on U.S. pricing and on-sale dates for the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte when it's officially presented in Detroit.


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