As it stands, the more prestigious cars on the road are often the models that receive the fewest updates. Theis a good example -- it's still going, and it's nearly a decade old. Another is the Quattroporte, a Maserati that's going on almost four years without an update, although that's now changed.
The Italian automaker, which lives under the Fiat-Chrysler corporate umbrella, just unveiled its mid-cycle refresh for the Quattroporte, which translates to an almost-too-on-the-nose "four doors." The front and rear bumpers are new, as is the grille. Active air shutters behind the grille help improve the car's drag coefficient by 10 percent.
The current Quattroporte's interior is attractive, but 2017 brings out its best parts. The center stack has been tweaked to accommodate an 8.4-inch touchscreen, sporting a reskinned version of Fiat Chrysler's standard Uconnect infotainment system. It includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, making the QP one of the first full-on luxury cars to adopt both systems.
The interior also features a redesigned center console, and unlike other iterations of Uconnect, there's a rotary knob here that controls volumes and other functions. There's also a new driver-assistance suite, featuring adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. A surround-view camera is available too.
There are still two engine options -- a V-6 and a twin-turbocharged V-8. There are also two new trim levels, GranLusso and GranSport, which are optional on V-6 cars but standard on the V-8s. GranLusso aims for a more luxurious look and feel, whereas GranSport is a touch, er, sportier.
Pricing is not yet announced, but the new QPs arrive at dealerships this month.