TMR Team | Apr 10, 2013

As promised, Maserati has unveiled its brand-new Ghibli sedan today - but not before this same trio of images surfaced online in leaked shots yesterday.

Today's announcement does however wrap-up speculation on the authenticity of those earlier images, while finally confirming (some) powertrain details for the new performance sedan.

On the styling front, the Ghibli keeps a close connection with the larger Quattroporte, wearing a similar front-end and profile but debuting a shorter coupe-like rear deck.

The cabin reveals a segmented dash design, focusing on a large centre display and a more sports-styled layout than the more stately Quattroporte.

The Ghibli is Maserati's first offering in the 'more affordable' large prestige car segment, forming part of the company's bid to steal a larger slice of the luxury market dominated by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Despite its slightly smaller dimensions (exact figures have not been released), the Ghibli shares much of its components with the Quattroporte, including engines, eight-speed auto transmission, and optional 'Q4' all-wheel-drive.

Aimed square at the more potent options in the 5 Series and E-Class families, the Ghibli will be offered with a pair of turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 petrol engines, with the more powerful offering 300kW.

The familiar VM Motori 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel will also be offered in some markets, making the Ghibli the first production Maserati to offer a diesel option.

Watch for more details on the Ghibli to come with its unveiling in Shanghai on April 20.

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