Info about smaller Maserati Ghibli leaks ahead of Shanghai
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
When the new Maserati Quattroporte hit the roads last year, many were amazed at how much larger the latest generation is compared with its more modest predecessor. The answer, of course, was the usual stuff about listening to the request of its customers, but also that for the first time in decades there would be a smaller sedan that would fill in the proverbial gap between the two.
Well, here's that smaller sedan: The 2014 Ghibli.
The styling connection between the two is obvious, although the 5 Series-sized Ghibli seems to be ever so slightly more graceful. We don't get the same strong impression of Infiniti in the Ghibli as you do in the QP...
The cabin appears to be equally luxurious, with a large screen dominating the dash.
Maserati says the Ghibli and Quattroporte were designed hand-in-hand and that the smaller shares plenty with its larger brother, including the first-on-a-Maserati optional all-wheel-drive system. Two versions of the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 will be used with expected levels of 330- and just over 400 horsepower, and we can probably expect the Quattroporte's twin-turbo V8 to show up at some point too. In places where diesel rules, a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel will be offered too.
So here's the inevitable question: given how well-established its natural competitors are in their segment - i.e. 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, etc - would you choose the Maser if it was within a reasonable price range? Would you pick the Italian offering over the Germans? Or something else altogether? Let us know in the comments.