Spy photographers have finally photographed a Maserati prototype that showed the entire body. It was undergoing some testing in winter weather conditions up in the mountains of Sweden, and it was spotted. The photos are basically the same as what the previous photos and videos showed of the Quattroporte a few months back, but the new photos actually show the full car.
Most naturally, Maserati workers have gone to incredible stretches to keep the vehicle body hidden with fake exterior panels, but the basic shape can still be discerned from the pictures. Photos show that the Maserati is developing into a hatchback, and this will look a little like the CLS-Class from Mercedes-Benz and the Audi A7 Sportback because it seems to have an arcing line to its roof that almost goes up into the edge of the boot lid.
Maserati has said before, and these photos certainly confirm, that the Quattroporte, also codenamed the M156, will be bigger in size to make room for the small Quattroporte, and it will be in a better position to compete with the Audi A8, BMW 7-series, and Mercedes S-Class.
The Quattroporte will get an updated engine, and it will also get a ZF eight-speed transmitsion that is automatic. You might be able to get full-wheel drive on it too, and it might have a stop-start system.
As much as this sounds great, there have been some gossip that the DNA from the Chrysler will make its way into the Maserati. For example, they are suggesting a twin-turbo version of the Pentastar V6, and they are suggesting structural body pieces from another car.
This car will probably come out at the Paris show in September, and the development trials are going to go on schedule as soon as possible. The debut could be pushed back all the way to the Detroit show, however.