MASERATI has released the first official images of its new executive sports sedan ahead of its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.
The all-new Ghibli is set to break new ground for Maserati being smaller and lighter than the manufacturers’s Quattroporte, launched at the beginning of this year.
The Ghibli, Maserati promise, will have a sportier character, and will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine options, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive as standard. The new “Q4” all-wheel drive system will be an option.
It will also become the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine, with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel. The Ghibli is designed to help push Maserati sales up to 50,000 cars a year, and so join the big league with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. An ambitious target, as last year the Italian makers sold 6,200 cars.
Although prices have not been disclosed yet, it will be cheaper than the Quattroporte. In effect it will be going head to head with BMW’s 5 Series. The slimmed down model should give it a handling and performance edge over the Quattroporte.