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The sixth generation of the Maserati Quattroporte has been revealed and will make its public debut in January at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show.

The new model will be longer and lighter compared to the outgoing version. It has an estimated length of 5200mm (up by 148mm) and could be based on a new steel monocoque chassis. A significant part of the increase might be in the wheelbase, meaning more legroom for the rear passengers.

It is expected to have a curb weight of 1940 kg (down by 50 kg) thanks to the use of more aluminum, even though the car will be larger. A novelty for the 2014 Quattroporte will be the all-wheel drive option, but this will be available a year after the RWD model is launched.

Upon launch it will be sold with a Ferrari-made V8 engine, most likely an updated version of the current 4.7-liter 453 hp (338 kW). Connected to a ZF automatic transmission, the engine will probably get a power hike along with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Additional supercharged and turbocharged V6 and V8 gasoline and diesel engines are considered.

As these official images show, the styling will be more of an evolution of the current model but with a few new elements to give the car a more masculine appearance. The interior cabin has been vastly improved and should provide a more luxurious feel. Most of the controls will be operated via a big central touchscreen display.

The new Maserati Quattroporte is expected to have a starting price of approximately 80,000 pounds, going all the way up to 120,000 pounds for the high-end versions.

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