Maserati’s new Ghibli sedan touches down in Australia this month, priced from $138,990.
The Ghibli has already proven a hit in the European market, where it launched last year, and local distributor Ateco will be looking to repeat that success here.
Maserati’s new 5 Series rival wears a familiar look, taking its cues from the larger Quattroporte.
But although both cars share a platform, engines and many components, Maserati says the Ghibli was developed to deliver a more sporting look and feel.
There’s a similar front-end and profile design between the two, but the Ghibli debuts a shorter and more coupe-like rear deck.
In the cabin, there’s a segmented dash design, focusing on a large centre display and a more sports-styled layout than the more stately Quattroporte.
The new large sedan enters below the recently arrived Quattroporte, and will be offered with two petrol engines and one diesel unit.
Petrol engines include a pair of twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 3.0 litre V6 mills, while the diesel is a turbocharged 3.0 litre six.
The entry petrol engine produces 243kW and 500Nm of torque, with fuel consumption listed at 9.6 l/100km.
The second, powering the Ghibli S model, offers 301kW and 550Nm, while fuel use climbs to 10.4 l/100km.
Maserati claims a 0-100km/h time of just 5.6 seconds for the less powerful V6, while the top S model cuts the run to five seconds flat.
The 3.0 litre diesel engine produces 202kW and 600Nm of torque, and offers the lowest fuel consumption figures at 5.9 l/100km. It’s still quick, too, with a 6.3 second run to 100km/h.
Maserati also claims that the diesel model, on open roads, can take you as far as 1100km between refills.
All three models are rear-wheel-drive, with the engines matched to an eight-speed ZF auto and a limited-slip differential.
The basic braking package includes 345mm x 28mm discs with four-piston calipers at the front and 320mm x 22mm discs with floating calipers at the rear.
The Ghibli S gets 360mm x 32mm vented and cross-drilled discs with six-piston Brembo calipers at the front and four-piston Brembo calipers at the rear.
The Ghibli measures in at 4971mm long, 1945mm wide and rides on a 2998mm wheelbase.
This makes it 291mm shorter than the Quattroporte overall and 173mm shorter between the axles, although width is the same for both. Interestingly, the Ghibli has 1mm and 6mm wider tracks at 1635mm front and 1653mm rear.
Features include an 8.4 inch touchscreen with sat nav, seven-inch instrument display, leather trim throughout, powered driver's seat, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter, and keyless entry/start.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Ghibli - V6 Diesel - $138,900
- Ghibli - V6 Petrol - $139,990
- Ghibli S - V6 petrol - $169,900