The next generation Maserati Quattroporte is on its way. The luxury four-door saloon ‒ known internally as the M156 ‒ is currently being tested and will go on sale next year. But already patent drawings of the Quattroporte have emerged.

As revealed by these drawings, the design of the Quattroporte has slightly evolved. The front appears to be inspired by the conceptual Kubang, unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Thanks to the extensive use of aluminium the Quattroporte’s weight will be about 150kg lighter than the current model.

The engines of the Quattroporte will be developed in collaboration with Ferrari. There will be choice of two engines; a turbocharged V8 with an output of 520 horsepower or a 400hp turbocharged V6. An automatic eight-speed transmission will transfer the power to the rear wheels. A hybrid Quattroporte featuring Ferrari FF’s all-wheel drive drivetrain is planned as well.

The new Maserati Quattroporte, which will rival the Audi A7 Sportback, Mercedes CLS and Porsche Panamera, is scheduled to make its debut at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show.

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