Unveiled: the Maserati Ghibli
You will not have to wait until Shanghai - Maserati has officially revealed its latest four-door sedan
Maserati is a company that's very optimistic about the future. It reckons that by 2015, it will be churning out 50,000 cars every year, with three new car launches spread out over two new segments. And only a few days ago, we brought to you news of the imminent launch of the first of those products at the Shanghai Motor Show. Well, your wait has ended, as Maserati has officially revealed the first pictures of the new Ghibli today.
As is apparent from these images, the Ghibli follows the new Quattroporte's design language. Apart from the slightly smaller headlamps and higher-set tail-lamps, the Ghibli looks a lot like its bigger cousin, and for the better, we say. It is almost as big as the sixth-gen QP, measuring in at just under five metres, and Maserati claims that makes it sportier than big brother Q.
Maserati has only confirmed the engine options that will be available with the Ghibli initially: a brace of twin-turbo 3.0L V6 petrols (the higher-powered, 410bhp version borrowed from the Quattroporte, and a lightly detuned 330bhp version), and for the first time in the history of Maserati, a 3.0L V6 diesel. How else do you expect them to crack 50k units a year?
These engines will be mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox, with drive going to the rear wheels and if you seek, the 'Q4' all-wheel-drive system can be had on the most powerful petrol variant. Not that we see it coming to India, though.
Now, to the bits that really matter: this will be the cheapest Maserati four-door yet, and will compete with the likes of the BMW 5 series, the Audi A6, the Mercedes E-Class and, on a more level footing, the Jaguar XF. In fact, there shall be a V8-equipped variant to take on the M5s and the E63 AMGs of the world very soon.
Your call, TopGearers - This, the Jag or one of the Germans?