2014 Maserati Ghibli Sedan to be launched at the Shanghai Auto Show
Maserati grabbed headlines in the recent times with the 2013 Quattroporte, which featured they all new drive train, and Gran Turismo model which was a signal of their modern outlook for their cars. The latest offering which they are bound to reveal at the Shanghai Auto Show, is the 2014 Ghibli sedan, which will now take their sports sedan section forward. Built on a shorter version of the drive train on which the Quattroporte was built, the Ghibli will measure just below 5-meters in length, to compete in a category otherwise dominated mainly by the BMW 5 series, Audi A6 and A7 sportsbacks, BMW 6 series gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the 2014 Cadillac CTS. Though the right price tag has not been revealed by the company, but the expected range can be about $91,000 for each.
The Italian car maker has put itself on a new definite target, as it looks to sell 50,000 cars by 2015, whereas it’s current figures stand a shade above 6,288 units per year. That seems like a significant jump from the current volumes, especially looking at the dependence on a single new model but with what Maserati has typically done, it will definitely tweak things around, and bring in something new to boast.
The name of the car has been derived from a typically Mediterranean region specific gust of hot wind, which typically has it’s origins in the Sahara desert. However, this is the first time the company is using the name. Way back in 1966, there was a Ghia modeled GT car, which was known for its twin cam V-8 4.7-liter engine.
Speaking of the 2014 Ghibli sedan, there 3-liter turbo diesel V-6 engine under the hood, which is a first change from the Maserati line up which generally has gasoline driven cars. This VM Motori made engine also boasts of 404 HP of power output, with an all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Though not much is being revealed to the media as yet, but this car sure will up the ante on the luxury factor. From the details released so far, one can take a safe guess that there will generous amounts of red animal leather on the lower half portion of the interiors, which could also have carbon fiber detailing on the central console. Along with the that, there will be an infotainment system with the touch screen controls, which will give access to most of the high-tech features embedded in the 2014 Maserati Ghibli sports sedan. The release for these units will be finally outlined at the Sanghai Auto Show this year, but buzz has it that late this year or earlier quarter of the next will be the time when these Maseratis will be open for bookings.