Maserati reveals Ghibli midsize sport sedan ahead of Shanghai

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Thinking about buying a new Audi A6, BMW 6 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class? Maserati wants you to wait just a little longer as you consider its upcoming 2014 Ghibli sport sedan.

"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," said Maserati in a press release.

One glance at the sleek Italian four-door sport sedan might be enough to cause the Teutonic faithful to pay allegiance to Rome, but of course it won't likely be priced as approachably as the base Germans. Positioned a little higher in luxury buyers' minds, Maserati is considered by most to be in Porsche's league, although the German brand's base Panamera is larger and therefore not directly targeting the new Ghibli. Therefore, we can probably expect it to sticker higher than the $60k-something base prices of the six-cylinder German variants and lower than the base six-cylinder Panamera, which starts at about $90k.

Like the Audi A6 3.0T and BMW 535i the new Ghibli will debut with a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, and like the former it will be configured in a V formation. An eight-speed automatic transmission will drive the rear wheels in standard trim, while the brand's new "Q4" all-wheel drive system will be available. Also optional, the Ghibli will boast the brand's first diesel engine, a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel that likely won't be sold here in North America. Then again, Maserati may want to follow its German counterparts' lead by offering clean diesel power in our jurisdiction now that it has become popular, at least by German brands in the premium sector.

For the time being Maserati has only revealed three images, but unlike some other automakers' pre-auto show teasers the three photos chosen show a complete front and rear view of the Ghibli's exterior as well as a full shot of the dash. Therefore we can see that the new Ghibli pulls much of its design language from the latest update of its larger Quattroporte brother, although it's smaller dimensions allow for a sportier stance. Like its larger siblings, the new Ghibli's interior appears to exude traditional Italian opulence compared to the usual simple, efficient elegance of a BMW 5 Series, per se.

By first appearances it looks like Maserati is on the right track. The new Ghibli will likely be an important component to the Italian brand reaching its goal of 50,000 total units per year.

More photos and other details will accompany the Ghibli when it debuts at the Shanghai auto show later this month.
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Topics: Sport Sedan, Maserati, 2014, Ghibli, $75,000 - $99,999, Midsize,

Geographic location: Shanghai

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