AUSTRALIA IS poised to receive the new-look Maserati Quattroporte by the end of the year, with higher-level specifications than other international markets.
The facelifted sedan comes with a new grille and front bumper with electrically adjustable shutters that improve aerodynamics, as well as an updated interior, new driver assistance programs as an option, and new trim packages.
The Advanced Driver Assistance System includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with advanced brake assist, and automated emergency braking.
The Quattroporte’s old 7-inch touch-screen dash display is being updated to an 8.4-inch model, and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The powertrain remains unchanged for the 2017 models.
Maserati Australia is currently in negotiations with headquarters in Modena regarding what specification will be delivered to our shores.
Spokesperson Glen Sealey says no price has been locked down for the Quattroporte while discussions are ongoing.
“In terms of price for the MY17 for Australia, we are still under negotiations about that,” he told Which Car.
“We are still discussing with the factory the exact specifications for Australia, because we normally take a unique specification for this market.
“Once we finalise that, pricing will be finalised as well.
“We hope to have that sorted out around about August for the MY17 Quattroporte.”
Sealey revealed Aussie buyers will receive a more specced-out Quattroporte than international markets.
“Australia normally has a higher base-specification of vehicle, so, say where things may be an option for other countries, we take them as standard as part of a base-specification for the car,” he added.
“We see that already with the Ghibli, Quattroporte, and GranTurismo right across the board.
“We expect to also see that with the Levante when that comes.
“Typically, the Australian market has a desire for a higher-specification vehicle.”
The Maserati Levante is expected to land alongside the Quattroporte late this year.