The Maserati Ghibli marks a turning point in the Maserati brand. In pursuit of their goal to sell 50,000 units globally by 2015, creating a midsize luxury sports sedan to rival huge sellers from Germany is by all means necessary, and this is the first time in their history that they will have 2 sedans in their lineup. What used to be a coupe is now a midsize sedan. This is the all-new Maserati Ghibli.
Launched at this year’s Trans Sport Show, the Maserati Ghibli aims to offer something different, carrying the Italian pedigree along whilst competing with the higher end offerings of its German rivals, the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Audi A6.
Its exterior is graced by its coupe-like roofline and its distinctive C-pillar design, which carries the iconic Saetta Maserati logo. The trademark triple air vents behind the front wheel arches further add character and immediately hints onlookers that this isn’t your typical midsize German luxury sedan.
The interior is dominated by a huge touchscreen which is based on Chrysler’s UConnect system. Leather crafted by Poltrona Frau keeps its occupants in opulent luxury, while optional features such as the Bower and Wilkins sound system and other customization features should keep the most demanding customers satisfied.
Keeping it distinct from its rivals are its trio of twin turbocharged engines, all of which are developed together with Ferrari. Two twin-turbo petrol, and one diesel. Only the petrol will be offered in the Philippines, the first of which, powers the standard model, producing 330 hp and 500 Nm of torque. The other petrol engine powers the more powerful S and S Q4 with AWD model, producing 410 hp and 550 Nm of torque. Only one transmission is available, a ZF 8-Speed Automatic.