Autocar's spies have caught the next Maserati Quattroporte undergoing testing, and judging by the copious quantity of camo covering the front end, a serious facelift is underway. The new fascia is expected to take cues from the Gran Turismo, complete with an elongated schnoz, gaping maw and deeply drawn headlamps that will lend some cohesion to the Maserati brand while eschewing any comparisons to the Buick LaCrosse. Out back, the changes are expected to be subtler, with a center brake light added to the lip of the trunk and LED lights rounding out the rear.

Autocar contends that the large intakes up front are there to feed a direct-injected V8, rumored to be pulled from the Ferrari California. Even if the 460 hp, 4.3-liter V8 sheds a few horses in the transition from Fezza to Maser, the 2010 Quattroporte will be another serious player in the $100,000+ sedan set.

[Source: Autocar]