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2013 Maserati Ghibli first spy photos emerge

 2013 Maserati Ghibli first spy photos emerge
2013 Maserati Ghibli spy photo 18.12.2012 / Automedia

Baby Quattroporte

These are the first spy shots with the upcoming Maserati Ghibli, taken in northern Sweden.

The Italian company revealed earlier this year they plan on adding two new models to their lineup in the future. The first one will be a crossover called Levante, while the other is a baby Quattroporte with the Ghibli moniker.

The spy photos show a prototype camouflaged as an old Quattroporte but upon closer inspection we can tell the car is shorter, especially when looking at the rear doors. Codenamed "M157", Ghibli could be based on a modified Chrysler 300 chassis and get a lot of Chrysler tech.

Power will most likely come from a turbo version of the Pentastar 3.5-liter V6 unit with an output of approximately 375 hp (280 kW) - 400 hp (298 kW). Maserati will also offer the Ferrari-made V8 engine offered in the new Quattroporte where it produces 523 hp (390 kW). These two engines will be connected to an 8-speed transmission from ZF.

The Maserati Ghibli will be revealed sometime next year.

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ertahaz_hossain
Beware E Class, 5er and A6 :P
Dec 19, 2012 5:49 am
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autoficianado
Chrysler's Pentastar V6 is 3.6 litres not 3.5. Development is underway on a new Pentastar engine displacing 3.2 litres for future cars. Also the hatch/humpback is camoflague and I would seriously doubt Maserati will come to market with a humpback Panamera clone.
Dec 18, 2012 1:31 pm
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Francois
Do we really want to see or buy small middle class Maserati?? Really?? Why Maserati can't focus on making the brand even more luxurious to compete with Bentley or even Ferrari. Maserati potential buyers didn't probably choose between it's models and Ferraris. It's a different story not actually comparable.
Dec 18, 2012 1:08 pm
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autoficianado
Ferrari is Fiat's top brand and historically they have not allowed Maserati to outperform or outprice Ferrari...so direct competition is unlikely. "Middle class" buyers don't generally spend 100K on automobiles...this will be the smallest Maserati sedan and take over where the current generation Quattroporte is positioned. The new generation Quattroporte will be larger and more luxurious to better compete with the MB Sclass/BMW 7series/Audi A8/Jaguar XJ and the Porsche Panamera. Think of the Ghilbi as Maserati's M5.
Dec 18, 2012 1:41 pm
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Aygo
Am I correct to assume that the hatchback-looking prototype vehicle is that of the recently revealed Maserati Quattroporte and the Ghibli prototype is hiding behind it? And what's up with the "thumbs down"?. I was asking a question....
Dec 18, 2012 12:22 pm
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duppy mowt
Everybody wants to get into the hatch-crossover-wagon-coupe business.... WHY?
Dec 18, 2012 11:23 am
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nahidrahman
for the money...the reason they exist in the first place. and that money is used to fund their more exotic sports cars. just like Porsche has done with the cayenne - without that funding, the current 911s, boxster/cayman etc wouldnt be half as good.
Dec 19, 2012 3:51 am
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sensei
Thank you for pointing this out. So many fanboys on here scream about companies building only hypercars that they themselves could never afford. Companies not only need to make a profit, they more importantly need cash flow and these poseur cars give fat talentless so-called drivers the opportunity to feel special due to the name on their car. Our species is pathetically predictable about this - needing to buy an identity rather than crafting one from within and needing to feel an attachment to greatness and exclusivity because again, it cannot come from within. Maserati is going to use people's weakness for increased funding.
Dec 20, 2012 7:13 am
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