We knew it was coming, and here it is: the 2014 Maserati Ghibli. Maserati's plan of selling 50,000 cars per year by 2015 starts with the Ghibli, which will be positioned in a more volume-friendly market against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. The Ghibli will make its official debut later this month at the Shanghai Motor Show.

Although our first look at Maseati's newest sedan is limited to just three images, we can see that the car will have a sportier exterior design than its bigger brother, the Quattroporte, to go with an equally luxurious interior. Under its long, sleek hood, Maserati has confirmed that the Ghibli will utilize a pair of 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engines – one gas and one diesel – both mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions. A rear-wheel-drive configuration will be standard, and the Italian automaker's new Q4 all-wheel-drive system will be available.

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The all-new Maserati Ghibli to debut in Shanghai

09/04/2013 - Modena
Maserati has released the first official images of its upcoming four-door sports executive sedan in advance of its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.

The all-new Ghibli is set to break new ground for Maserati.

The Ghibli will have a sportier character compared to the larger Quattroporte, launched at the beginning of this year. The Ghibli will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engines, an eight-speed automatic transmission and both rear-wheel drive and the new "Q4" all-wheel drive system.

The Ghibli 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.

It is Maserati's first sedan in this segment and reflects the company's belief that a growing number of premium executive car buyers are looking to make an individual statement through a car that is distinctive, elegant and luxurious.

The Ghibli will play a significant role in Maserati's growth plan to sell 50,000 cars per year.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful, it looks like the Quattroporte, but the its smaller size suits the lines better. I\'d say this is the new looker for midsize luxury sedan segment.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it! I think it's a more balanced design than the newest Quattroporte. With a lower price point, I bet they make their sales goals.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks good?? Where's the passion dudes? You guys all seem like emotionally bereft zombies. It looks frickin fantastic!!
      Richard R. Martin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Re: the misconception this is based on an updated version of Chrysler's LX architecture - it isn't. It's based on a shortened version of the new Quattroporte's underpinnings.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard R. Martin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard R. Martin
        Motortrend specifically says otherwise. Motortrend specifically points out that to keep costs down there will be significant brand engineering.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the prospects of an affordable Maserati for upper middle class buyers is intelligent business thinking. Maserati has taken a proven platform, a number of reliable parts and transformed them into a luxurious sedan with many Maserati styling themes. At first look here it has clearly produced a world class sedan that is more than a match for the competition. What would you rather drive? Now to the rest of the story. In short order the auto press will be questioning the use of a Chrysler platform in this sedan. For some reason it will be assumed that a platform that Chrysler developed extensively with some Mercedes influenced rear suspension parts and improved upon with a tad of Fiat input last year is not sophisticated enough for the Maserati. May I for one ask, why not? I guess the people at Fiat thought differently and their engineering talent was sophisticated enough to do Mercedes and Chrysler one better. I have little doubt that what Chrysler has borne, Maserati has perfected. May I ask again, why not? The last part of the story is the good news here for Chrysler. This essentially re-engineered modernized platform will find it's way into a number of Chrysler vehicles in short order. The next generation 300, Charger,Challenger and possibly the Avenger will be the recipients of this Italian masterpiece's handiwork. Again, why not?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm impressed. Maybe if Maserati dips into the mid-range luxury market, insurance rates wouldn't be so ridiculous. Typically insurance has been on-par or higher than a Ferrari ownership, which has always seemed backwards to me.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Ferrari owners don\'t drive their cars enough to crash them, and so the only thing causing Ferrari insurance rates are them bursting into flames.
      Hello, Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice! Looks better than the Quattroporte.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I lllike what the four door Ferrari company is growing into. My shawty\'s gonna want this.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks great, hopefully it drives as well as original quattroporta
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that the new Ghibli will drive on rides on a modified form of the Chrysler 300 platform could also be translated that it will drive on the modified form of the older Mercedes E platform. That is not necessarily so bad. Keep in mind that while the origins may point to an older chassis, it has been modified many times since. The new car makes an impression of a premium car, has the right badge on it, I am sure it will be built to the Maserati standards, what's wrong with this picture? I do not see much. The right image is one of the key drivers for the clients in this market. Today Maseratis sell for north of 140K, out of reach for many, bringing another car in the price range of 60-70K will definitely help expand the market reach. There are plenty of BMWs 5 series and Mercedes E class out there, if you want something more exclusive, Ghibli may fit the bill. Let's wait and see the real car before we jump to judgement.
        Bill Burke
        • 2 Years Ago
        The 300 platform was developed in house by Chrysler and utilizes an adoption of the Mercedes E class platform, in particular the rear suspension. The 300 has been slowly shedding some of the less popular and aging Mercedes inherent architecture, such as turn signal storks, transmissions and suspension parts and electronics. The most problematic aspect of using Mercedes sourced assets is the extra weight associated with all their platforms and the high licencing fees charged by their former partner, This is the main reason the highly acclaimed Pacifica was dropped, stand alone manufacturing necessities because of its one of a kind platform and excessive fee costs. Fiat has recognized that Chrysler did an excellent job of adopting what Mercedes provided, and just like Mercedes and BMW has done for generations of vehicles they now build, has chosen to modernize an excellent platform. Fiat is gleefully out engineering their German rivals by taking the Chrysler platform and completely transforming it into a modern, lighter, more responsive platform that will leapfrog their own efforts with their similar renditions of this platform, at a fraction of the cost. What you see here is evidence of Italian talent surpassing current German development. Sweet !
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it! The Ghibli adds some much needed excitement to the mid-size luxury sedan category. I\'ll gladly take this over an E, or 5 series. Now we\'re waiting on Porsche\'s new mid-size offering to complete the group.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the proportions work better here than in the new Quattroporte, which still doesn't sit well with me after how amazing the previous model looked.
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