2017 Maserati Quattroporte

The 2017 Maserati Quattroporte sedan is one of the few
luxurious sedans out there that can boast of matching the
German-made luxury haulers that have quite a stranglehold on
the luxury sedan market segment. The sedan has received an
upgrade to make it remain fresh amid the tough competition.

The vehicle continues on the new design language and platform
introduced in 2014. The model comes largely unchanged in all
departments except for the physical upgrades which were
specifically meant to differentiate between its sport and
luxury trims.  Read along to find out more:

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2017 Maserati Quattroporte Exterior

The exterior has been thoroughly worked on and looks stylish
than ever. The front fascia features a new bumper and a
modified honeycomb grille with a matte black finish. The lower
part of the grille features bigger side vents.

Unlike the outgoing model, the 2017 model features just five
chrome slats on either side of the ‘trident’ emblem as opposed
to the outgoing model’s 7 slats.  Hidden behind the slats
is an electrically controlled Air Shutter which helps improve
the vehicle’s aerodynamics. The slats are thicker and more
angled which gives the front fascia an intimidating look. The
GTS features lower air vents and separate side intakes.

On the sides, the model features modified side mirrors with
matte black inserts and matte black side skirts. To further
improve its appearance, the GranLusso trim features a
body-colored bumper, chrome bumper inserts and a body-colored
rear spoiler.

The GranSport, on the other hand, adds a rear bumper with black
inserts and a Piano Black spoiler. The model also features blue
inserts on the ‘trident’ emblem at the front and on the wheel
center caps.  The GranLusso rides on 20-inch Mercurio
wheels and features black calipers while the GranSport features
21-inch Titano wheels and red calipers. The GranSport also
comes with an Exterior Carbon Package which features
carbon-fiber on door handles, mirror caps, bumper inserts and
on the B-pillar cover.

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2017 Maserati Quattroporte Interior

The cabin has been upgraded with the latest technologies and
comfort features. The dash has received a bigger, 8.4-inch
touch-screen which displays information and controls of the
infotainment system. The infotainment system itself has been
upgraded to feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The system also comes with a new Air Quality Sensor which
features an intelligent sensor as well as a signal analysis
system that determines external air population levels and
limits toxic gas and polluted air from gaining access to the
cabin. The center console and center stack have also been
revised. A new climate control with a much cleaner face has
been added.

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While the base trim features premium luxury features synonymous
with this kind of sedans including leather upholstery on its
seats, dash and other surfaces, higher up the trim, the
GranLusso comes with Ermenegildo Zegna Edition interior which
features silk fabric on the seats, headliner, doors and sun
visors. Open pore Radica wood is used on the dash while the
steering wheel is wrapped in leather and features wood inserts.

The top trims also feature an electric rear sunblind, power
foot pedals, heated rear seats, a 4-zone climate control system
and keyless entry.  The performance oriented GranSport
trim features seats customized a sports steering wheel that
features aluminum shift paddles as well as a stainless steel
sports pedals.

Engine Specs and performance

The lineup of engines comes unchanged for the 2017 model year.
The base engine is a 3.0 L, V-6 which is developed by
Ferrari.  This engine puts out 404 horses and 406 lb-ft of
torque. This engine is equipped on the Quattroporte S. It helps
the model run to 60 mph from standstill in 5.1 seconds.

However, Maserati has increased its top speed slightly to 177.7
mph from 177 mph. This is courtesy of improved aerodynamics.
The engine is offered in RWD but on the Quattroporte S Q4, the
engine is offered in AWD.

The second engine is a turbocharged diesel. The engine is a 3.0
L, V-6 which is capable of 271 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. This
is the least potent and slowest of the Quattroporte models
reaching 60 mph from standstill in 6.4 seconds. Its top speed
has also increased slightly from 155.3 mph to 156.5 mph.

The most potent engine is placed on the range-topping
Quattroporte GTS. The unit motivating this model is a 3.8 L,
twin-turbo V-8 engine. This engine is also crafted by Ferrari.
The engine is offered in RWD. It powers the model to rush to 60
mph in 4.7 seconds and achieves a top speed of 192.6 mph from
the previous 190.7 mph.

All the three engines are mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic
transmission system.

Price and release date

As of this writing, Maserati has not released US pricing
details. The only details available are for the UK.  In
the UK, the base diesel Quattroporte will start at £70,270, a
£705 hike from the outgoing model. The GranSport model with a
diesel engine attracts £78,670. The Quattroporte S starts at
£82,045, which is a £375 hike from the outgoing model. For the
GranSPort and GranLusso versions, you will need to add £8,400.

The top-of -the range GTS starts at £115,040 in either of the
trims which presents a whole £3,927 price hike. Going by the
same classification, the base model may start at around
$100,900 with the top model attracting around $ 146,000 in the
U.S. Note that the diesel model is not offered in the U.S. The
2017 Maserati Quattroporte is already on sale in the UK and in
Europe. However, the U.S. market will have to wait a little bit
longer.

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Competition

Based on sales, the Maserati Quattroporte has to do much more
to command any significant presence in the market. The
German-made sedans have established a huge dominance in this
market. The biggest rivals in this segment include the
BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and
Mercedes-Benz S-Class.