New midsize Maserati Ghibli sedan a new choice for midsize sedan fans, but that name…

Maserati Ghibli sedan

Maserati Ghibli sedan (click to enlarge)

Maserati is reviving an old sports car name from the late 60s/early 70s for a new four-door sedan set to debut at the Shanghai Motor show later this month.

Taking aim at the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 size class, the new Maserati Ghibli “executive saloon” will be smaller than Maserati’s large sedan, the Quattroporte (Italian for four doors), and according to a statement by Maserati, the new Ghibli will “have a sportier character” than the recently-launched big Maserati sedan.

Maserati Ghibli sedan interior

The new Maserati Ghibli sedan is packed with tech and performance luxury. (click to enlarge)

The new Maserati Ghibli  goes its own way under the hood, going with a choice from two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engines. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be sued with both, and a rear-wheel drive and the new “Q4” all-wheel drive system will be available.

A third engine choice will be a real eyebrow-raiser, the first ever diesel to power a Maserati of any kind. The new engine will be a turbo-diesel displacing 3.0 liters. Somewhere the fratelli Maserati are gesticulating madly.

Maserati Ghibli sedan

The new Maserati Ghibli sedan is a four-door but with sleek coupe styling. (click to enlarge)

Maserati traditionalists will also cringe at the use of Ghibli for a sedan. “Ghibli” is an Arabic word for a hot wind from the Sahara Desert, winds being a naming convention for Maserati sports cars in the Sixties, and thus the classic Maserati Ghibli coupe and Maserati Ghibli Spyder. Naming a four-door sedan Ghibli, even one with a “sportier character,” is somehow just wrong, no matter how right the car.

A release date or pricing were not announced.