The pictures reveal that the Ghibli will have the same overall silhouette as its larger stablemate, the Quattroporte, with a gaping front grille flanked by smaller headlamps. A sweeping waistline gives the Ghibli large rear haunches and, despite the C-pillar and roofline wearing a heavy disguise, we can expect the Ghibli to look like a smaller Quattroporte.
It will be more aggressive, though, as Maserati has hinted that the Ghibli will be more sports-focused, while the Quattroporte concentrates on luxury.
Power will come from a Ferrari-developed twin-turbo V6 as well as the V8 from the existing engine range, which should produce up to 550bhp if it’s to keep up with cars like the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG.
The Ghibli is part of Maserati’s ambitious plans to grow sales to 50,000 by 2015. The Ghibli is expected to be revealed towards the end of 2013 and should start from around £70,000.