Maserati has publicly unveiled the 2014 Ghibli today at Auto Shanghai.
The baby Quattroporte is the first Maserati ever to be offered with a diesel engine, a 3.0-liter V6 turbo co-developed with former Ferrari chief motorist Paolo Martinelli. The engine produces 275 HP (202 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque, helping the Ghibli reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.3 seconds and return 47 mpg UK (39.2 mpg US or 6 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of less than 160 g/km.
Maserati will also sell the Ghibli with a V6 3.0-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine delivering 330 HP (243 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft). In this case, the rear-wheel drive variant returns 29.4 mpg UK (24.5 mpg US or 9.6 liters / 100 km) and needs 5.6 seconds until 62 mph.
There's also the Ghibli S with a more powerful variant of the same engine generating 410 HP (301 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) from 1,750 rpm, enough to hit 62 mph in 5 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h).
Regardless of the chosen version, all engines are linked to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. In Europe (excluding UK) it will be available with a Q4 all-wheel drive system which promises to provide "the responsiveness of a rear-wheel drive combined with the added security that only an all-wheel drive can bring in critical situations".
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli has a 20cm shorter wheelbase compared to the Quattroporte, while the overall length has been reduced by 29cm. The range-topping S version comes with 360mm x 32mm ventilated cross-drilled dual-cast front brakes with Brembo six-piston calipers along with 350mm x 28mm ventilated rear discs with four-piston calipers. Ghibli sits on 18-inch wheels, but 19-, 20- and 21-inch rims can be optionally fitted.
Full details are available in the press release section.