The Ghibli, Maserati’s all-new saloon, borrows heavily from the Italian automaker’s flagship Quattroporte – yet it’s still distinctive in a number of ways, not the least of which is price. Meant to serve as a “cornerstone,” according to a statement, the company seeks to ramp production up to 50,000 cars per year by 2015.
Ghibli may have a good chance with its style- and tech-savvy touch. The car, which debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show, is more compact, cheaper and economical than the Quattroporte. It will be available in two engine options: either the 330 hp V-6 twin turbo in the Ghibli or a 410 hp engine for Ghibli S. The latter reaches 62 mph in 5.0 seconds and races up to 177 mph.
A diesel engine model, which boasts a turbo-diesel V-6 with fuel economy of 47 mpg, is the first of its kind for Maserati and will also feature Start-Stop technology.
The Ghibli shares its DNA with the Quattroporte in terms of core architecture, crash safety, chassis, suspension. It’s 50 kg lighter, 173 mm shorter in the wheel base and 291 mm shorter overall. All three models are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission while the grille is inspired by the current GranTurismo and recalls classic 1950s A6 GCS.
Maserati luxury signature is all over the Ghibli as well: a touch screen, reversing camera, Poltrona Frau leather interior and 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system are included. Connectivity can be added via WLAN-based WiFi.
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