The Maserati Ghibli: The Smallest And Most Affordable Model Of The Italian House
|   Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E Class have a new enemy to fear in the premium sedan segment. The German triad supremacy is threatened by the Italians from Maserati, which released the first images and information regarding the new Ghibli. The name is inspired by another Maserati model produced in the 90s.

The new Ghibli marks the start of the Italians' push into the E segment and aims to help the company with his older brother, Quattroporte.
Also, it borrows the platform from its sibling.

The sedan design was realized by Lorenzo Ramaciotti, the former creative head from Pininfarina, and Marco Tenconi, Maserati's own designer. They created a luxury sedan that borrows the lines promoted by his older brother, while relying on something more dynamic. The external dimensions will allow it to sit right next to rivals like the BMW 5 Series – it will be longer by a few centimeters, but will be no more than 5 meters long.

The range of engines that will be provided on the Maserati Ghibli consists of 3 units, the first of which is a diesel engine. It's the V6 engine with 270 hp from the Fiat-Chrysler alliance. The Italians never used, throughout history, a diesel engine by the way. The new unit will help the Ghibli rise to the level of the German competition, which relies on these V6 engines. This version will be the most accessible. The new diesel Ghibli will became the cheapest exhibit of the Trident's range.

The 3.0 liter V6 petrol units will be available in two versions. The first one will offer 330 horsepower and will likewise ensure performance worthy of a duel with the German models. The next engine will be assisted by an eight-speed automatic transmission, provided by specialists from ZF. On this top version we will get the gasoline engine rated at 410 horsepower.

All petrol engines were developed under the supervision of the Head of Fiat's technology department, Paolo Martinelli, the man who oversaw the engines with which Ferrari and Michael Scumacher earned title after title in Formula 1 racing.

The most important surprises will be retained bythe interior, where the Maserati Ghibli announced that all versions will come equipped with leather upholstery, provided by the Italian specialists from the Poltrona Frau, a company with which the Italian group has been working for a long time, as standard. The sound system will be provided by the experts from Bowers & Wilkins.

Following the first European appearance at the Goodwood Festival,its world debut next week will take place at the Auto Show in Shanghai. Maserati will organize a promotional European tour, before delivering the first copy of the series, scheduled to arrive on the market this summer.

The production of this model will be handled by the former Bertone plant near Turin, where they are currently producing the bigger brother, Quattroporte. Together, the two models will help the Italian manufacturer achieve its target of 50,000 units sold in a year. They will be joined in the coming years by the SUV Levante, a model already anticipated by a concept.
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