Maserati has officially revealed the images of the all-new third generation Ghibli ahead of the Shanghai Motor Show. The four-door sedan borrows heavily from the bigger Quattroporte and is Maserati’s entry in the E-Segment to compete with Jaguar XF, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6.
The Ghibli uses shortened platform of the Quattroporte and is expected to measure around five meters in length – that is slightly longer than the 5 Series. It is styled more aggressively than its elder sibling that goes well with its sporty proportions.
Maserati for the first time will be offering a diesel engine alongside the standard 3-litre V6 turbocharged petrol unit. The petrol mill will be available in two sets of tunes – 330PS and 410PS, while the new oil burner will develop close to 270bhp. The diesel unit is designed and developed by Ferrari’s Paul Martinelli and will also be supplied from their facility in Modena. Both the engines will be mated to the standard ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The Ghibli along with their new upcoming SUV are expected to get numbers for Maserati, as the Italia marque aims to sell 50,000 units a year by 2015. Maserati will certainly offer this car in India after the global launch as a CBU on order – just like rest of their range.