While earlier reports indicated that the next Maserati product out of the gate would be the Levante SUV, Motor Trend is now reporting that the Audi A7-shaped Ghibli has cut in line. Word is that we may see the new Ghibli as early as the Shanghai Motor Show in April.

Citing unnamed sources, MT predicts that the minds at Maserati now see a more pressing need to fight off the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series than to go after luxury utes. However, if our spy shots of Ghibli prototypes are anything to go on, it's also likely that the sub-Quattroporte Maser won't be a traditional sedan. The car above's long nose, low roof and brief, sloping rear deck all bring to mind Audi's lovely A7, Meaning the Ghibli may fall into the always murky four-door-coupe/luxury hatchback genre.

Bi-turbocharged iterations of both a V6 and a V8 should make up the early powertrain choices for the Maserati, meaning the top-spec Ghibli should have loads of shove to match its promised good looks.


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      johnnythemoney
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear Autoblog, I like you and all, but sometimes you just don't pay attention. The Ghibli is featuring the same camo panels the Quattroporte featured, and the latter turned out to have a pretty conventional shape, as in, it's not A7-styled, as if the A7 invented it. It wasn't the CLS either, still, in the modern era it was the CLS to revamp the trend. Back to the point, mules and prototypes should be used only to estimate how long until the car in unveiled, period. So, if you think about it, how many Levante prototypes or how many times have they been spotted compared to the Ghibli's? This fact alone should give you an idea about which is going to be unveiled first. Yes, I know, the Levante is based on the Grand Cherokee so perhaps it needs less testing you may think... just no.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's cut to the chase...how long until the compact CUV is ready?
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does the M5 go 200 MPH? Because this is going to. The new QP goes 191 MPH and this will have the same engines.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        99% of the driving public will never see >140mph....much less have the skill to drive that fast despite the electronic nannies. Top speed is irrelevant....0-60 and 40-100 or so much more useful. M5 200mph is absolutely irrelevant. The tires that it takes to survive at that speed are generally useless after 4-10K on normal roads, if not sooner. And worse, taking brand new tires out at that speed before they're been heat conditioned if not shaved to 4-5/32 is just asking for trouble.
      Devin Baker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oooooo I like those muscular hips. Reminds me of the old Datsun 240. Those could just be over fenders meant to disguise the true shape, but I for one hope they keep them.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      V6 should have 3 ports on fender, V8 have four.
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure if it's really going to be A7 like, those camo panels look just like that, bulky camo, but I've always thought the big Maser sedan should be offered with a fastback/hatchback look. This is an old chop of a Maserati I called the Cinqueport: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_szY6czURhx0/TDB_cpAxnsI/AAAAAAAABQE/3DUIqSxs_z4/s1600/MaserQuattr09.jpg
        audisp0rta4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Good work my man! I'd buy your version over what was actually sold.