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Maserati’s 2017 Quattroporte tries to stay fresh with new look, more tech

The Maserati Quattroporte has some of the most alluring styling and one of the best-sounding names of any full-size luxury sedan, but the current model is losing ground to German rivals with more up-to-date technology. The 2017 Quattroporte gets a mild restyle and a few new tech features of its own, but will that be enough to hold the line?

The most noticeable changes are at the front, where a new front bumper and toothier grille attempt to tie the Quattroporte to the popular Maserati Alfieri concept car. The grille also features active shutters like the ones on the new Levante SUV, which close when maximum airflow isn’t needed. This cuts drag by 10 percent, Maserati claims. The rear bumper is new as well, and Maserati added matte black trim on the side skirts and exterior mirrors.

On the inside, the Quattroporte gets a new infotainment system with 8.4-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A new driver assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, and automated emergency braking. A surround-view camera system can be added on top of that.

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Maserati is also launching two new trim packages for 2017, called GranLusso and GranSport. The GranLusso has more of a traditional luxury look, with lots of chrome exterior trim and an interior designed in concert with Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna. The GranSport is meant to be, err, sportier, with blacked-out trim, 21-inch wheels, and sport seats and steering wheel.

Engine choices will likely remain the same, meaning the only question is whether you want six or eight cylinders with your turbos. A twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 produces 404 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels or all four through an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is also available, with 523 hp, 524 lb-ft., and rear-wheel drive only.

Maserati is already taking orders for the 2017 Quattroporte in Europe, and U.S. pricing should be announced shortly. The current Quattroporte design dates back to 2013, so the updates are welcome. We’ll see how well they help the Italian sedan compete with rivals like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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