Maserati to Offer Diesel Ghibli Sedan

By Paul Riegler on 10 April 2013
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The new Maserati Ghibli diesel sedan

The new Maserati Ghibli diesel sedan

Maserati announced its first diesel automobile, the Ghibli.  The car will debut at the Shanghai auto show next week.

Buyers will have a choice of a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel (the same VM Motori diesel engine that is available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee in Europe as well as the Nacia Thema), or a 3.0-liter V6 petrol variant.  Both will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Ghibli is named after a wind that blows from the Sahara.  It’s not the nameplates first outing; Maserati offered a Ghibli two-door coupe in 1967.

The four-door Ghibli is designed to be a more sporty alternative to the larger Maserati Quattroporte, which was completely redesigned at the start of the year.  It will compete with the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Audi A6.

Maserati is counting on the rear-wheel-drive Ghibli to drive sales.  The Italian automaker said that the Ghibli is intended for executive car buyers who want to make “an individual statement through a car that is distinctive, elegant and luxurious.”

The Ghibli will be manufactured at the automaker’s Grugliasco plant near Turin, where the Quattroporte is also produced.  The automaker expects to build 20,000 Ghiblis per year along with up to 15,000 Quattroportes.

The diesel variant should prove popular in Europe.  Currently, over 50% of all new car registrations are diesel.  The Ghibli will be available in Europe this summer; expect to see it at U.S. dealerships shortly thereafter. Pricing starts at €70,000 ($91,400) in Europe.  No pricing has been set for the U.S. market.