Maserati has released the first official images and preliminary details about the 2014 Ghibli, ahead of its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month.
Set to go on sale at the beginning of next year, the luxury sedan carries a similar shape to the larger Quattroporte and will be available with two 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engines. It will also become the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine, with a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel.
All engines are mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which will work together with the rear-wheel drive system or the new "Q4" all-wheel drive system.
"It is Maserati’s first saloon in this segment and reflects the company’s belief that a growing number of premium executive car buyers are looking to make an individual statement through a car that is distinctive, elegant and luxurious," said the Italian carmaker.
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli will play a significant role in the company's growth plan to sell 50,000 units annually.