While a sales debut for the Ghibli was expected to occur in 2014, US mag Motor Trend suggests the carmaker will introduce the new 5 Series rival in the coming months.
Maserati will look to its new sedan, along with the Quattroporte and the upcoming Levante SUV, to boost sales from 7000 per year to around 50,000 annually.
The carmaker is keeping mum on what we can expect from the Ghibli, although reports suggest it will debut with more coupe-like lines than the already sleek new Quattroporte, focusing on a pure sports look.
Sharing its platform with the larger Quattroporte, the Ghibli is expected to also utilise the same powerplants announced for the bigger car, including turbocharged V6 and V8 options.
The Ghibli will be produced at the former Bertone plant in Italy, alongside the Quattroporte.
[Pictured in this article: the new Maserati Quattroporte.]