Maserati Enters A New Market…[nggallery id=8]
It’s been quite a while since Maserati has decided for a brand new model, but with other marques now releasing new models onto the production line rapidly, Maserati has decided to join the ranks.
Since Maserati lifted the cover on the all-new Quattroporte last year, Maserati did have a slight gap between their models. To fix this, they needed something that would slot into the class below the Quattroporte.
While the Quattroporte is successfully joining the luxury segment rivaling the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Jaguar XJ, Maserati have decided to release a new small saloon called the ‘Ghibli’ which will rival BMW’s and Mercedes’ small saloon segment ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show.
THE GHIBLI FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1966[nggallery id=9]Maserati first introduced the Ghibli in 1966 and it featured a 4.7-liter dual-cam V8, which produced 330 horsepower. The V8 was linked to a ZF five-speed manual, which enabled the Ghibli to reach 60 mph in under seven seconds. 3 decades later, Maserati released the Ghibli II which boasted a 2.0-liter fuel-injected twin-turbo V6 pushing 306 horsepower. Since 1996, there hasn’t been a word on the Ghibli for the past 17 years but finally, the Ghibli is back and now to feature two 3.0-liter V6 engines.
At this moment in time, Maserati hasn’t released any horsepower or torque outputs, but it’s expected the petrol V6 will produce around 410hp while the diesel should produce around 330hp. A V8 engine will definitely be available soon.
The Ghibli will also feature a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters throughout the engine variants. However, the Ghibli won’t be offered with a Manual transmission but it will be offered in both all-wheel and rear-wheel drive
ITALIAN DESIGN FLARE[nggallery id=10]
The new design flare that Maserati is going for proves that they are still a quality product just advancing in the automotive industry. Even with their recent performance SUV, the Kubang, it’s noticeable that it fits into the same family as the Quattroporte and the Ghibli.
The exterior of the Ghibli has a very strong presence and stance. The low front bumper combined with the signature Maserati grille, gives the Ghibli an aggressive appeal which is further supported by the down-facing head lights reminiscent of the all-new Quattroporte. The sides are very similar to the Quattroporte also with the Maserati’s 3 vented grille and side creases.
The rear has very distinctive lines that crowns the Ghibli unique in design. Its rear bumper which swoops just beneath the LED tail lights is mated by a subtle diffuser with quad exhaust inserts. The twin 6 spoke rims helps the Ghibli to achieve a luxury stance on the road too.
Maserati has thought about everything with the new Ghibli and one of the best features is the interior. As you can already see you are welcomed by a very rich and up market interior which is yet enhanced by the red colored interior. The infotainment system also seems like it’s had an overhaul and Maserati have finally got round to changing their old steering wheel! The centre console is very clean with little buttons accented with a beautiful carbon fiber trim going perfectly with the red leather seats.
WHAT MASERATI EXPECT FROM THE GHIBLI
Many important details are still under wraps, we must wait till the Shanghai Auto Show for more to emerge. Maserati aims to sell 50,000 Ghibli’s annually until 2015.
OUR VIEW OF THE MASERATI GHIBLI
Maserati has provided their best over the past few years, we can really see that they’re trying to stay on top of compeitition. With the Ghibli, Maserati are aiming to be on top of the German market and in our eyes, we see the Ghibli perfectly fitting into that market. The design has become more of an elegant and luxury product rather than a hunkered down track ripping item.
Even though Maserati has offered the Ghibli with a V6 Diesel, some may say it’s not “Maserati-like”, we look at it in a different perspective. While BMW and Mercedes release amazing 3.0-litre V6 Diesels, Maserati wants to join in and show them what they’re capable of.
All in all, we love the Ghibli, its distinctive presence, design and performance puts it in the spotlight for us. We’d love to see more of the Maserati, but until then, enjoy some of our custom Ghibli pictures below –