- The 2014 Maserati Ghibli, the brand's "affordable" sedan, was unveiled on Tuesday ahead of the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
- The Ghibli will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engines, including a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel.
- Pricing and launch timing was not announced.
SHANGHAI, China — The 2014 Maserati Ghibli, the brand's "affordable" sedan, was unveiled on Tuesday ahead of the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
"The all-new Ghibli is set to break new ground for Maserati," the company said in a statement. "The Ghibli will also become the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine."
The Ghibli will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engines, including a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel. It will also be equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ghibli will come with either rear-wheel drive or Maserati's new "Q4" all-wheel drive.
The design of the Ghibli is in keeping with the family look of Maserati. Details include portholes on the sides, trident badging and sculpted lines.
Pricing and launch timing was not announced. Maserati also did not disclose fuel economy numbers or range for the diesel variant of the Ghibli. But it is clearly trying to give buyers an alternative-fuel option, a different approach for the brand.
Diesel fuel in the U.S. is typically more expensive than gasoline, however. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Tuesday pegged the average price for a gallon of diesel fuel at $3.98 versus $3.58 for regular unleaded gasoline.
Maserati resurrected the Ghibli nameplate for the new car that slots beneath the Quattroporte. The Ghibli name was used on a two-seat sports car in the late 1960s and early '70s. The Ghibli is widely expected to be spun of the Chrysler rear-wheel-drive platform that underpins the 300.
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