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Maserati’s Quattroporte looks like it’s set to undergo a minor update. A prototype has been spotted cold-weather testing and right now there’s only a tiny amount of covering at the rear, which is likely hiding a new bumper design.
The Quattroporte, now in its sixth generation, arrived in its current form as a 2014 model. This updated model should go on sale sometime next year, as a 2018 model.
It’s not clear what Maserati has in store for the car but the current lineup of powertrains are likely to carry over, perhaps with some minor revisions to the power and fuel economy figures. Current offerings include twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and 3.8-liter V-8 engines, with outputs ranging from 404 horsepower up to 530 hp.
We should also see some changes made to the interior. Key among these should be an updated infotainment system with the latest Uconnect system from parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU].
Sales of the Quattroporte as well as the smaller Ghibli have cooled over the past year, namely due to a slowdown in China. This led to Maserati cutting back on production. The automaker hasn’t released sales figures for the two cars but the total for 2015 is believed to be approximately 30,000 units, down from 33,000 the previous year. Hopefully this update will help spur some more sales.
For more on the Maserati Quattroporte, read in the in-depth reviews over at The Car Connection.
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