The Maserati momentum that began late last year with the V8 and V6 Quattroporte continues in Shanghai with the all-new Ghibli. It will be the brand's first-ever mid-size four-door luxury sports saloon in Maserati’s history.
The Ghibli's design evokes a smaller yet more aggressive version of the larger Quattroporte with the grille of the current generation GranTurismo. It has a wheelbase that's 200mm shorter than the Quattroporte and is 290mm shorter in its overall length.
Inside, the Ghibli sets itself apart from the Quattroporte with its own dashboard design that features a sportier one without losing the brand's luxurious edge.
The Ghibli saloon boasts of one diesel and two petrol-fed twin turbo-charged V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that transfer the power to the rear wheels.
The most powerful of the V6s will be the twin-turbo Ghibli S that has a power output of 410hp and 550Nm of torque. Published 0 to 100km/h acceleration time are at 5.00 seconds and has a top speed of 285 km/h. The second turbo-charged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine will have a power of 330hp and 500Nm of torque. The diesel-fed 3.0-liter V6 meanwhile has a power output of 275hp and a massive torque of 600Nm enough to deliver a 0-100km/h acceleration time of just 6.3 seconds.
Driving pleasure is delivered with its combination of double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension with the option of the active Skyhook system, part-time all-wheel drive, firm suspension damping and a powerful braking system.
Every Maserati is instantly recognizable by its engine note and the Ghibli Diesel is no different from its petrol siblings, thanks to the new Maserati Active Sound system. It has two sound actuators fitted near the exhaust tailpipes that accentuates and modulates the engine tone to produce a more resonant and inspiring note.
Another Maserati making its world debut in Shanghai is a version of the new Quattroporte equipped with a V6 capable of 330 hp and is specifically conceived and developed for the Chinese market only.