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2014 Maserati Ghibli Debuts in Shanghai

2014 Maserati Ghibli Debuts in Shanghai

By Jeff Youngs, April 09, 2013
Maserati wants to sell 50,000 cars annually starting in 2015. To achieve that goal, it is expanding its lineup to include vehicles with lower price tags and additional practicality. The new 2014 Maserati Ghibli that debuts at the 2013 Auto Shanghai (Shanghai Auto Show) is a critical component of the plan to reach that goal.

Maserati announced few advance details prior to the 2014 Ghibli sedan's official introduction. The automaker confirms that the car will offer a choice between a turbocharged, 3.0-liter gasoline V-6 engine and a turbocharged, 3.0-liter diesel V-6, making the Ghibli the first Maserati in history to have a diesel powerplant. Both engines will employ a new 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.

Official Maserati Ghibli images display a sizable set of split-spoke aluminum wheels and red-painted front brake calipers. Signature Maserati design elements are present, including Trident grille and C-pillar emblems, and triple-punched fender vents. The new 2014 Ghibli is equipped with LED running lights and taillights, and dual exhaust outlets flank the rear diffuser panel on either side.

Based on the first Maserati Ghibli photos, the new sport sedan's cabin is offered in a two-tone leather treatment with aluminum and carbon fiber-style trim. A color touch-screen display resides in the center of the dashboard, above a dual-zone automatic climate control system and below a blue-faced analog clock. A configurable information display is located between large speedometer and tachometer gauges, and the steering wheel features thumb rests and exposed stitching for the leather.

Additional details about the 2014 Ghibli will be offered at a later date, including horsepower and torque figures, fuel-economy estimates, vehicle dimensions, and expected prices. For now, Maserati only says the new car will have a sportier driving character than the redesigned Quattroporte.