It is hard to believe that the current Pininfarina-designed Maserati Quattroporte has been with us since 2004. Yes, it may be getting old but arguably, it looks better now than ever.
Nevertheless, the Italians aren't keen on resting on their laurels and have been hard at work on the Quattroporte's successor, which is expected to make its world premiere at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show - unless Maserati surprises us in Paris next month.
Based on a set of patent drawings and spy shots/videos, I have brought a fresh visual perspective of how the next Quattroporte may look.
The gentleman's express features similar design elements to the Kubang SUV, but arguably shares more in common with the GranTurismo. With its aggressive grille ready to inhale oxygen and wildlife, the new car throws a much bigger visual punch. The surface language is more dynamic and sculptured, which lends to a sleeker and more modern look.
There are still some similarities with the old car. The roofline and glass area have been thoroughly massaged and carried over, while the car now features frameless side windows. The signature side vents make it to the new car as do the central hood creases.
Will the next Quattroporte have what it takes to go head to head with its main rivals? Well, only time will tell but one thing is for sure; the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz AMG limos won't make things easy.
By Josh Byrnes
Design Copyright: Josh Byrnes for CarScoop