Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli

The upcoming Maserati Ghibli has been taken out for another testing session, most likely the last one before the car’s official debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The new Ghibli will take on models like Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series.

Ghibli will be built on a shorter Quattroporte platform and will be offered with both turbocharged V-6 engine as well as the new V-8 engine borrowed from the larger Quattroporte. Both engines will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. We expect to see the same performance numbers as in the Quattroporte — the V-6 should boast a 177 mph top speed and the V-8 may hit 191 mph.

The base version will be priced at about $68k and the top version will be about 20 percent more expensive. Full details will be unveiled next month during its official debut in Shanghai.

Maserati’s long history began on December 1, 1914 and during this period, the company only managed to hit a production plan of 6,159 units a year (2012). The future, however, looks completely different, asthe Italian company plans to hit a sales target of 50,000 units per year by 2015.

In order to achieve this sales target, Maserati plans to add three new models to its lineup — a new sedan placed under the current Quattroporte , a SUV and a new baby sports car.

The first to arrive will be a small sedan, which was previously confirmed as the Ghibli . It will be launched sometime next year and will be priced at about €55,000 (about $73k at the current exchange rates). In 2014, Maserati will bring a new SUV, the Levante, to the market. It was previewed by the Kubang concept and will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform, but it will feature unique styling details. The Levante will be priced at €60,000 (about $80k).

2015 will be the busiest year for Maserati. First, the company will bring the next-generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio into production and a new sports car, which is rumored to be called GranSport . This latter model will target the Porsche 911 and will carry a base price of about €80,000 to €90,000 ($105,800 to $119,050).

So, keep an eye out for big changes in our favorite trident-bearing brand, as it morphs into a more mainstream auto manufacturer.

Source: WCF
Maserati Ghibli

The last time we have caught the 2014 Maserati Ghibli testing it nothing more than a modified Quattroporte body. Today, however, the first real prototype for the new, smaller Maserati has been spied and we have the images for you!

Maserati engineers have camouflaged this prototype to look like the old Quattroporte test cars we saw early in 2012, but they couldn’t foul anyone. At a quick comparison, it is clear that this Ghibli test car is not as long as the Quattroporte test cars, with the most noticeable length difference being at the rear doors. It is also easy to notice that just like with the Quattroporte test cars from last year, this Ghibli test car is features fake camouflage panels on the rear half of the roofline.

The upcoming Ghibli is codenamed "M157" and will aim to compete with models like BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class . It is rumored that the next Ghibli will be built on a modified version of the Chrysler 300 chassis and will be feature more Chrysler technology than Maserati.

Under the hood it will be feature a turbocharged version of Chrysler’s 3.5-liter Pentastar V-6 with an output of about 375 to 400 horsepower. Along with the V-6, Maserati will also offer the same Ferrari-sourced V-8 used in the new Quattroporte . Both engines will be mated to an 8-speed, ZF transmission.

Expect to see the new Maserati Ghibli launched sometime in 2013.

Maserati has kept itself busy during the 2012 Paris Motor Show: Not only did they unveil the new GranCabrio MC , but they also announced the names of three much-awaited future Maserati products. The new vehicles will join the company’s line-up in an attempt to hit a sales target of 50,000 units per year by 2015.

The first model to arrive on the market will be the new generation Quattroporte - a sports luxury sedan that will continue the 50-year success story that began in 1963. If rumors are to be trusted, we will see this model in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Next, there will be the long rumored baby Quattroporte - a new high-end E segment four-door sedan. The new model will be called Ghibli – a name used on a Gran Turismo car produced between 1966–73 and then from 1992–97. It will arrive on the market a few months after the new generation Quattroporte.

Finally, the production version of the Kubang Concept will be called the Levante. The SUV takes its name from the Via Emilia Levante in Bologna, where the Maserati brothers, almost a century ago, dreamt of the company that today still bears their name. The Levante will be unveiled in 2014 - just in time to celebrate Maserati’s centennial.


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