Maserati Ghibli: a smaller, more affordable Maserati sedan

Maserati has ambitions to sell 50,000 cars a year — a massive jump up from their present level — and this smaller, more affordable Ghibli sedan is a major part of that push. But will this end in a repeat of the Biturbo era?

The new Ghibli sedan won’t be fully revealed until the Shanghai Auto Show kicks off around April 21, but we do know that the new car is cheaper, smaller and roughly BMW 5-Series/Mercedes-Benz E-Class size. The new Quattroporte that was revealed earlier this year steps up half-a-size to compete against the S-Classes and 7-Series of this world.

At the beginning of its life the Ghibli will be powered exclusively by your choice of turbocharged 3-litre V6 engines. One will drink petrol, but the other will be the first Maserati to use diesel. Power will be sent either to the rear wheels or all four wheels.

From the issued interior photo we can tell the Ghibli will be equipped with a touchscreen entertainment and nav system, leather clad everything, dual-zone climate control, analogue clock, keyless entry and start, cruise control, Bluetooth, voice recognition, paddle shifters for the auto transmission, electric parking brake, automatic headlights, electric seats with memory settings, Bowers & Wilkins audio system, brushed metal inlays, carbon fibre appliques, and electroluminescent dials.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]