Maserati Ghibli 2013

20 Apr, 2013 9:48am Jack Rix

The new Maserati Ghibli will rival the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 when it goes on sale in September

This is the all-new Maserati Ghibli, and it marks the first step in the manufacturer's plan to increase sales from 6,000 to 50,000 cars a year by 2015.

The Quattroporte’s baby brother is aimed straight at the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, and is the first Maserati ever to feature a diesel engine. 

It’s a shock move, but Maserati claims this isn’t any old diesel – the 270bhp 3.0-litre V6 is designed by former Ferrari F1 engine boss Paulo Martinelli, and will be built at the Ferrari factory in Modena. The rest of the car will be assembled at the ex-Bertone plant in Turin.

Petrol fans will be well catered for with a choice of two twin-turbo V6 engines. The less powerful of these will produce around 330bhp, while the range-topper (also offered in the Quattroporte) will deliver closer to 410bhp.

It will also feature a Q4 four-wheel-drive system in Europe, although that version won’t make it to the UK. All Ghiblis will come exclusively with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

No performance or fuel economy figures have been released yet, but using the V6-powered Quattroporte, which covers 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, as a guide, the fastest Ghibli is expected to complete the sprint in less than five seconds. The diesel version will emit less than 160g/km of CO2.

A hybrid version is possible, although unlikely, says Maserati CEO Harald Wester. He told Auto Express that he'd make a hybrid "only for legal reasons. I don't see hybrids as a business," he said.

With a concave grille, slim headlights and holes punched in its flanks, the visual similarities to its sibling are striking, and the close ties continue under the skin.

Based on a shortened version of the Quattroporte’s steel and aluminium chassis, the Ghibli measures in at around 4.9 metres – a few centimetres shorter than the previous-generation Quattroporte.

The interior appears to share its basic architecture with that car, too, but is finished in more modern colours and materials.

Although full specs have yet to be released, Maserati has confirmed that every Ghibli will come loaded with high-end kit such as leather upholstery, sat-nav and arch-filling wheels.

Prices will reflect this, but still mark a new entry point to Maserati ownership. The diesel is expected to start from below £50,000 and the lower-powered V6 turbo at around £55,000, while the range-topping V6 turbo will come in at just over £60,000.

But the saloon is just the first phase of Maserati’s masterplan. The Levante SUV is due to arrive late next year, featuring the same petrol and diesel engine line-up and priced to match the BMW X5 and Audi Q7.

Beyond that, a replacement for the GranTurismo coupe is expected in 2015, and Maserati boss Harald Wester has hinted at launching a limited-series sports car at around the same time. This is likely to be based around the Alfa Romeo 4C’s carbon tub, with V6 power, and could cap an incredible period of growth for this historic brand.

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In terms of style, Maserati is right at the top of the pile. Simply stunning.

I wouldn't say "aimed straight at the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class" considering both of those cars start from £30k, this is double that! Looks absolutely stunning though.

That's much better. Looks a lot better than the recent Quattroporte

It will compete with merc e cls and audi a6 !!! Though it looks more like gran turismo from the front...

Not entirely convinced with the rear styling, but from the side & front its a stunner!!!! Hopefully people will start to drive past the default German car showrooms & try something different, if I had the money I know I would....sadly I don't but hey in 10-15 years time i may be able to afford a 2nd hand one!!! hehehe....

Tough choice between a top XF and this. It would be a real thinker that would take me weeks to decide!

Maseratis sell on two things.
1. Style
2. Sound

Whilst this isn't an ugly car, its unremarkable by Maserati standards. I don't think the V6 diesel is going to provide the correct soundtrack either.

gotta be honest I'm not so sure. In my eyes this is quite a bulbous looking car: looks a lot like the Lexus GS. Also a Maserati with a diesel doesn't sit right: one of the Brand's USPs is the noise they make! Maybe I'm being a dinosaur, but previous attempts to expand the brand (Biturbo, 90s Quattroporte) have not resulted in good cars. I maintain similar misgivings about the new quattroporte, which seems to have a rather confused personality. It isn't good enough dynamically to compete with GT cars, nor is it refined enough to compete with S Classes and equivalent. It also suffers from the bulbous styling. The current Quattroporte has many flaws, but it had the hallmarks of the brand i.e. style and a fabulous noise. If they had only engineered it better (semi-auto was a disaster) it could have sold brilliantly.

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