2014 Maserati Ghibli: first photos and specs released

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 9, 2013

Maserati has just released the first images with the all-new 2014 Ghibli four-door sports executive saloon. Set to make its debut later this month at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the all-new Ghibli promises to break a new ground for Maserati. Compared with the larger Quattroporte, the 2014 Ghibli will have a sportier character and will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Moreover, the Ghibli will be available with both rear-wheel drive and the new “Q4” all-wheel drive system. What is more interesting is that the new four-door sports executive saloon will be the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine, with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel.

Although not performance figures were released, Maserati says that the new car will be fast. Furthermore, it will also be the cheapest Maserati on the market. A more powerful is also expected to be introduced and will be powered by a V8 petrol engine. According to the Italian manufacturer, the engines were designed by the head of powertrain Paolo Martinelli.

For those who don’t know, Martinelli used to be a powertrain expert for the Ferrari F1 team when Michael Schumacher was driving.

The interior of the car will be supplied by the Italian leather specialist Poltrona Frau, while Bowers & Wilkins will provide the optional sound system. The Ghibli will play a significant role in Maserati’s growth plan to sell 50,000 cars per year.

Maserati Ghibli puts emphasis on its dynamic driving characteristics with its more aggressive physical appearance. Nevertheless, it still maintains recognizable visual links with Quattroporte.

The four-door saloon has a coupe-like body outline as well as strong feline touches around its grille and headlights. The grille is inspired by the current GranTurismo and can also be traced back to the classic A6 GCS of the 1950s.

Ghibli has kept Maserati's distinctive C-pillar treatment, giving the car much of its coupe-like stance. It also carries the classic Saetta Maserati logo in keeping with a tradition that dates back to 1963.

The Ghibli's side profile has a hard-to-miss swage line running from its traditional grille vents, then behind the front wheels, and up to the rear lights.

Ghibli's interior is set apart from the Quattroporte by a unique dashboard design that matches the car's more youthful and sportier appeal without losing that send of luxury associated with a Maserati. The car also offers an athletic design coupled with all the spaciousness that consumers expect from an exclusive saloon.

The Maserati Ghibli, as well as the Ghibli S and the Ghibli Diesel, delivers a smooth performance through its eight-speed automatic transmission. They also offer seamless comfort with their fast gear shift for hard acceleration.

All Maserati Ghibli models deliver terrific handling with their well-balanced weight distribution, their sophisticated five-link suspension at the rear, and their double wishbone suspension at the front. And now, the car can deliver the all-weather assurance and the additional security of an all-wheel drive.

The Maserati Ghibli offers new quality standards in all aspects, from design, to development, to production, to process controls. The car is built in a new plant, combining the company's traditional brand of craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technologies that control every little detail in order to guarantee superior quality.

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