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:
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.
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.
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.
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.