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by David Zalstein

The successor to the Maserati Quattroporte has been spied testing on an icetrack in Sweden.

Despite the camouflage, the photos suggest the next generation of Maserati’s luxury sports four-door will be more evolution than revolution, but with a hint of a shooting brake-style rear end, in line with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG Shooting Brake and Citroen DS9 concept.

The Quattroporte replacement is expected to be lighter than the existing model and carry over the 4.7-litre V8 powerplant from the Quattroporte Sport GT S, no-doubt with some tweaks to the current 323kW/490Nm output. Our spy photographer tells us an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox is likely while a four-wheel drive system could also be available as an option.

The new Maserati four-door (whether it keeps the Quattroporte name or adopts a new moniker is still unconfirmed) will be unveiled at an international motor show in the second half of this year, potentially at Paris in October.