We have received a new batch of spy photos with the Maserati Ghibli before the car's public debut scheduled for next month.

Developed together with the new Quattroporte, the smaller Ghibli will be approximately 4900mm long (300mm shorter) and is expected to utilize the same electrically-adjustable suspension and sub frames. Compared to its bigger brother, the baby Quattroporte will be "much more aggressive" and will be sold at first with a Ferrari-designed, twin-turbo direct-injection 3.0-liter V6 outputting around 385 hp (287 kW).

The twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 will also be available and is rumored to offer 480 hp (358 kW). A diesel engine is also planned but there aren't a lot of details right now except for a possible 3.0-liter V6 taken from the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. All engines will be linked to a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. An all-wheel drive version will be available but won't be offered in right-hand drive markets.

More details will be available in April when the car will be unveiled at 2013 Auto Shanghai, before going on sale later this year.

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