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.
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 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.