Maserati has released the first official images of its forthcoming four-door executive saloon in advance of its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.
The Ghibli will have a sportier character compared to the larger Quattroporte, launched at the beginning of this year, and will rival top-end versions of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Jaguar XF. 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 - thought to be a version of the engine currently found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300C.
It is Maserati's first saloon 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 a year globally.