MASERATI is taking orders for its new Quattroporte now, with deliveries starting at the end of the year.
The 2017 Quattroporte has new styling inside and out, two new versions, the GranLusso and GranSport and a host of new driver assistance systems.
The luxury sedan has been a sales success for the prestige Italian brand with 24,000 new owners in 72 countries in the past three-and-a-half years.
The latest ones have a new bumper design with matte black profile at the front and a matte black extractor at the rear.
Other distinguishing details are the sideskirts and the exterior mirrors, which have been slightly restyled and an electrically adjustable air shutter has been fitted behind the grille for optimal control of the engine’s temperature.
Interior improvements include a new infotainment system and tunnel console while the redesigned central dashboard now has a high resolution 8.4-inch screen with multi-touch function.
The sweeping centre console integrates the screen, new climate control and new drawer in a single seamless design and the lower console now features a rotary knob for volume and function control.
The new infotainment system is compatible with both the Apple CarPlay and android auto smartphone mirroring functions.
All Quattroportes have an air quality sensor that prevents polluted air and toxic gases from entering the cabin.
A new package of advanced driver assistance systems is standard in the new Quattroporte, with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with advanced brake assist and automated emergency braking and a new surround view camera complements the reversing camera which has been improved with dynamic guidance lines on the screen.
Fine leather, wood and aluminium finishes are used.
The GranLusso and Gran-Sport are offered in Australia with a choice of the drivetrains, starting with new enhanced 202kW twin turbo V6 diesel, as well as the 257kW twin turbo V6 petrol and the range topping GTS, with its 390kW twin turbo 3.8litre V8 petrol engine.
Prices for the new Maserati Quattroporte start at $210,000 and peak at $345,990 for the range topping Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLusso.
Performance? Well, how about 310km/h from the V8?
Transmission is by an 8-speed ZF automatic and fuel consumption is surprisingly good, with an average 6.2litres/100km for the diesel and 10.7 for the big V8.