For the second consecutive year, Maserati will be using the North American International Auto Show to show off a new or refreshed vehicle. Last year, the Maserati Kubang concept—what will be called the Levante in production form—made its stateside debut in Detroit, and now the refreshed 2013 Maserati Quattroporte will do the same.
Maserati is sticking to its claim that it will sell 50,000 units annually in just three years and the 2013 Quattroporte is expected to contribute heavily to that number. The reality of that happening is a whole other story, however. Either way, the latest version of the Quattroporte shares similar styling cues from ghosts of models past with a little bit of GranTurismo coupe and cabriolet thrown in for good measure. For those of you who simply cannot live without Maserati’s signature air-gulping grille, chrome exhaust tips, and aggressive sheet metal crinkles; never fear because they’re all featured on the 2013 model again. A new and noticeable feature on the 2013 Maserati Quattroporte is the more narrow taillights, which are reminiscent of those that mark the back-end of the Audi A8.
According to Maserati, the latest Quattroporte is larger than the one it replaces at 205 inches long. That measurement will put the new Quattroporte on par, size-wise, with the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Rumors have been running rampant for quite some time now that the next Quattroporte will sit on the same chassis that supports the Chrysler 300, as the Detroit automaker’s parent company Fiat now has a controlling stake in both automakers.
Underneath the hood, a V-8 will patrol the engine bay while a turbocharged V-8 with a smaller displacement and a twin-turbo V-6 are rumored to also in the works. Like the reportedly borrowed chassis, these engines are rumored to be derived from Chrysler as well with some Maserati fine-tuning for good measure. Maserati hasn’t made any official announcements about the engine’s specifics yet. The chassis and engine aren’t the only things Maserati picked up when rummaging through Chrysler’s parts bin. The headlight dial and power-window switches have been lifted directly from the 300 and placed into the new Quattroporte. Don’t freak out yet though, a quick look at the new Quattroporte’s interior reveals that it’s still a cut above the rest.
Stay tuned for the official debut of the 2013 Maserati Quattroporte and the rest of our coverage of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.