The 2014 Maserati Ghibli Aims to Be a 5 Series Fighter The 2014 Maserati Ghibli will be the marque’s first to offer a diesel engine option. Automotive conglomerates can produce the strangest things, like, say, a diesel-powered Maserati. The company released the first official photos Monday of the four-door 2014 Ghibli sedan, which will be introduced at the Shanghai Motor Show next week. The Ghibli will be rear-wheel drive like the big Quattroporte sedan, but it will be smaller and sportier, aimed at competing with sport sedans like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Perhaps most surprising is that Maserati’s new car will be available with a 3-liter turbodiesel V-6 – the first-ever diesel from the luxury performance marque. The VM Motori-sourced engine is the same one used in the Lancia Thema and Jeep’s Eurozone spec Grand Cherokee. With an expected base price of around $70,000, the Ghibli – the third Maserati to carry that name over the years – will also be available with a 410-horsepower 3-liter gasoline V-6 and optional all-wheel drive. Both the gas and diesel engine options will transmit power through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Fiat Group’s chief executive, Sergio Marchionne said nearly two years ago that his goal for Maserati was to sell 50,000 cars a year. Maserati said in a news release Monday that the Ghibli figures into its master plan to achieve that number by 2015. Last year, Maserati sold 6,288 cars. That’s a wide gap for the Italian-American automaker to jump with the addition of a single new model, but Ghibli comes from the Arabic word for scirocco – the hot wind that gusts north across the Mediterranean from the Sahara Desert every summer. So if it sells like the wind, Mr. Marchionne will undoubtedly be quite pleased. The Ghibli has changed drastically since the name first appeared in 1966. Back then, it wasn’t anything like the modern day diesel-powered sport sedan gladiator Maserati wants it to be. It was a low slung, Ghia-bodied GT car powered by a twin-cam 4.7-liter V-8 with eight thirsty barrels of Weber carburetion. The Ghibli goes on sale in Europe sometime this summer. Expect to see it in North American dealerships sometime after that. SOURCE (ARTICLE) : The 2014 Maserati Ghibli Aims to Be a 5 Series Fighter - NYTimes.com SOURCE (IMAGES) : 2014 Maserati Ghibli: This Is The First Diesel Maserati SOURCE (IMAGES) : Picture 1 - Shanghai: Maserati details 5-Series-fighting Ghibli sedan ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ SNIPPETS FROM SOURCE : 2014 Maserati Ghibli - Top Speed Exterior The first official images reveal that the new Ghibli will adopt an exterior design similar to what we have seen in the Quattroporte. Maserati will combine the dynamic lines required by a sporty sedan with the specific elegance of the Italian models. Up front, you will notice the same headlights and grille seen on the Quattroporte, while the rear appears to be slightly different. The exhaust system features oval end pipes and not trapezoidal as in the Quattroporte, while the trunk spoiler is a little bit more discrete in the Ghibli. The Ghibli rides on a 2.99-meter (117.7-inch) wheelbase and it measures in at 4.97 meters (195.66 inches) in length. It comes standard with a set of 18-inch wheels, but you can opt for 19-, 20- or 21-inch wheels. Interior For the interior Maserati will be offering the same level of luxury we have already seen in its entire lineup. There will be a three-spoke steering wheel, top-quality leather, carbon-fiber insertions and tons of new tech gadgets. Drivetrain Previous rumors suggested that the new Ghibli will be offered with the same V-6 and V-8 engines used in the Quattroporte. Still, Maserati prepared a surprise for us, as it appears that two gasoline-powered, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engines and a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel, making it the first-ever Maserati model to use a diesel engine.The base 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine hits the streets with 243 kW (330 horsepower) and 500 Nm (368 pound-feet) of torque. This engine will sprint the Ghibli to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 5.6 seconds while turning in a fuel-consumption rate of 9.6 L/100 km (28.8 mpg).The Ghibli S will receive a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 301 kW (410 horsepower) at 5,500 rpm and 550 Nm (405 pound-feet) of torque from as low aw 1,750 rpm. This will rocket the sedan to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 5 seconds and up to a top speed and 285 km/h (177 mph).For those that want a more eco-friendly option without sacrificing too much in terms of performance, Maserati offers up the Ghibli Diesel — the first Maserati to ever use a diesel engine. This 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine pumps out 202 kW (275 horsepower) and a massive 600 Nm (442 pound-feet) of torque. This helps it hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in a fast-for-a-diesel 6.3 seconds. On top of great performance, the Ghibli Diesel also features a fuel-consumption rate of just 6 L/100 km (over 47 mpg) and a CO2 output of just 160 g/km.The diesel variant also features Maserati’s Active Sound system, which uses a pair of sound actuators next to the exhaust exits to accentuate the exhaust notes, giving them a more impressive sound when you hammer on the accelerator. A "Sport" button on the interior further enhances the exhaust note.The engines will mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission and customers will have the choice of either rear-wheel drive or the new "Q4" all-wheel-drive system. Suspension and Brakes Up front the Ghibli features a double-wishbone suspension and the back end hosts a multi-link setup with an optional Skyhook system to enhance handling. Additionally, a part-time all-wheel-drive system with a limited-slip differential help optimize traction in the twist.Braking is equally important as handling and Maserati took car of this by fitting the Ghibli S with 360 mm x 32 mm (14.17-by-1.26-inch) ventilated and cross-drilled front brake discs squeezed by Brembo six-pot calipers, while the rear features has 350 mm x 28 mm (13.78-by-1.10-inch) ventilated discs with four-piston calipers. This will drag the Ghibli S to a stop from 100 km/h in just 36 meters (118.1 feet). There is no mention of the base Ghibli’s braking system yet. Pricing and Release Prices for the new Maserati Ghibli will be announced closer to its market launch, but we expect it to come in at about $70k. The car will be designed in-house by Fiat Centro Stile under the leadership of Fiat chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti.