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14 June 2016

Maserati updates Quattroporte, adds more style and equipment

Minor changes on the outside are compensated by major revisions inside

Riza Rizvi
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Maserati has updated its flagship model, the Quattroporte. The luxury sedan is given subtle updates on the outside and not-so-subtle improvements taking place inside the cabin.

The exterior sports a new and slightly more imposing design for the grille whereas the front bumper, rear extractor, side skirts and exterior mirrors all have been given a matt-black finish. The boffins at Maserati though, have made changes where it matters too – in the aerodynamics. This change is made at the front in the form of an electrically adjustable ‘Air Shutter’, which is basically a grille between the air vent and the radiator. This element allows for not only better thermal management but also reduces the aerodynamic drag of the car by a significant 10 per cent.

The interior is where majority of the action has taken place. The dashboard has been redesigned with an 8.4-inch capacitive touch screen – with CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility – at the centre of it all. The screen is integrated with the climate control vents up top and controls below, giving it a seamless and flowing appearance. The lower portion of the console now houses a rotary knob for volume/function control and it also gets a utilitarian phone storage compartment that exudes a minimalist but classy design appearance. The comfort quotient is significantly enhanced with the inclusion of an air quality sensor that analyses pollution levels outside and also prevents it from entering the cabin.

A new advanced driver assistance package is optional and includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go, Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist, Automated Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning. Along with these goodies, an additional Surround View Camera can also be ticked for.

The Quattroporte is powered by Ferrari-sourced 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 530bhp and 710Nm in the top-spec GTS trim; the S trim draws power from a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 generating 410bhp and 550Nm of peak twist. Last but not the least, is the diesel variant equipped with a 275bhp/600Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 under the hood. Transmission of choice for all trims is the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

Maserati is also offering its updated flagship in two distinct GranLusso and GranSport trims. Out of these, the former (you guessed it) is focused more on luxury while the latter is more sport-oriented. The new Quattroporte will have its international launch this month.

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