• 2014 Maserati Ghibli prototype compared to 2014 Quattroporte prototype

Looking to better compete with mainstream luxury automakers, Maserati has already announced its plans for expanding its model lineup. Now, these spy shots give us our first look at a new, smaller sedan that resurrects the Maserati Ghibli nameplate. Seen for the first time as a prototype rather than a Quattroporte-based test-mule, this is the closest-to-production view of the upcoming Ghibli thus far.

Aside from its name, we don't know much about the 2014 Ghibli, but we do hear that this Maserati, like the upcoming Maserati Levante SUV, will have a direct lineage to a Chrysler product. While the Levante will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it sounds like the Ghibli could use the Chrysler 300 as its starting point. This means that the standard version of the car could get Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6rumored to produce around 400 horsepower – paired with the latest eight-speed automatic transmission; sportier trim levels would almost certainly get a V8 from Ferrari rather than using the 300C's Hemi.

As for some of the details apparent in the spy photos, we can obviously see the size difference between these two cars when comparing previous spy shots of the newly released 2014 Quattroporte, which we drove last week. We also see that this car gets some performance-oriented, cross-drilled brake rotors, and based on the depth of the snow in which this car was caught testing, we also wouldn't rule out the use of all-wheel-drive on the Ghibli.


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      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ghibli sounds the stuff you pull out of a turkey before you cook it.
        mix35
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        That's hysterical
        MacProMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        can't help the thought either... Giblets! not a endearing name for a sports sedan, sorry Maserati
          Shiftright
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MacProMan
          It's the name of an African wind and has lots of lineage and history behind it.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      It should be interesting to see a comparison between a Charger/300 SRT-8 and this Ghibli with a V8. I wouldn't be surprised if the Maserati is lighter and has better handling, but I'd be surprised if it offers as much power.
      rboote
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wasn't one of the major appeals of the Quattroporte that it was in some ways a 4-door Ferrari? Not sure how a gussied up base-level 300 with fancier leather stacks up against that. I know I wouldn't be interested.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rboote
        They're from the same company so I don't really think they're trying to make the two sedans compete with each other.
      Jai302
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's hard to stomach the fact that Maserati is moving downmarket but at the end of the day it's going to give more people a chance to get into a Maserati. Especially customers of high end models of BMW, Mercedes and Porsche. Reminds me of how Porsche started moving downmarket to increase profits by competing against BMW and MB. Ghibli V6 --> 550i, E500/550 Ghibli V8 --> M5, E63 AMG Quattroporte V6 --> 650i GranCoupe, 750i, CLS500/550, S500/550 Quattroporte V8 --> M6 GranCoupe, CLS 63AMG, S63AMG Gran Turismo --> M6 coupe/cabriolet, SL63 AMG
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would expect a Maserati with a V8 to be a flat plane crank motor ala Ferrari. The Hemi motor rocks but any non flat plane V8 in a Maserati is a fail IMHO, especially at $100k+
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        That's fine but do you think lower-level Maserati buyers who are new to the brand will care?
          audisp0rta4
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          I think they would care. I would care. The HEMI is a great engine...possibly even better suited to the task than a Ferrari based engine, but it just doesn't fit with the Italian car formula. The Pantera got away with using Yankee power in an Italian body, but I don't think that's the direction Maserati wants to go with a premium sedan.
          Euphrentic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          Of course they would!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this the Totoro edition, with Rosso wheels, Nausicaa sound system, 'Spirited Away' drivetrain, with a Howl-ing exhaust? Do the wheels make Kiki-Kiki noises when you floor the pedal on wet roads? Ok I'll stop.
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this does use the LX platform, it's gonna be interesting to see how they extract more performance out of it, not to mention if they can lighten it more than the 300/Charger.
      pickles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maserati- please take a good look at current Buicks. Make SURE your next car looks modern, sexy and not remotely mistakeable for a Buick. This is imporant.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even if I could afford it, I wouldn't want one of these with a Pentastar engine. It completely defeats the purpose. This wouldn't be the first time Fiat did something like this with one of their brands. The Alfa Romeo Brera and 159 both had engines that were sourced from GM. Alfa enthusiasts were outraged and the cars themselves were financial failures for the company. Hopefully Fiat learned a lesson and will decide to produce the Maserati V6 from one of their more worthy stables.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes hopefully by being more premium it can extract a lot of the weight and girth of the 300. Which in itself isn't a bad car... but would be lot better if not tuned for American level comfort (what road? I feel no road!) And gets some of that Maserati agility by upgrading the suspension components. And will probably be the dev mule for the 300C's upgrade path. By most accounts the Pentastar V6 is renowned for being a great V6 engine. But seeing as they already have a local six in the Quattro.. then perhaps just two tunes of that would be the way to go. What would be bad though is if this just turned out to be a freshed previous model Quattro, now eclipsed by the even larger new Quattro. Look forward to seeing Maserati expand though, exciting stuff.
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