BREAKING: Maserati unveils new 2014 Ghibli midsized sedan to take on the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 et al

Maserati sought the opportunity to debut their all-new Ghibli midsized luxury sports sedan ahead of its world debut at this year’s 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. The debut took place over the Interwebs via some shared photos.

The 2014 Maserati Ghibli, as you guessed, is Maserati’s attempt at running with the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with expectations of shifting at least 50,000 units by 2015.

Powering the Ghibli is the choice of two turbocharged 3.0L V6 engines mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The power will be sent to either the rear wheels or Maserati’s new Q4 all-wheel drive system.

Maserati is also planning a diesel powered Ghibli, which will make it the world’s first oil-burning Maserati production car with the unit being a 3.0L turbodiesel V6.

Specific power numbers weren’t released, though you can be sure to expect that information to pop up closer to the Ghibli’s actual world debut in Shanghai.

For the press release, check it out after the jump.

The all-new Maserati Ghibli to debut in Shanghai

09/04/2013 – Modena
Maserati has released the first official images of its upcoming four-door sports executive sedan in advance of its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.

The all-new Ghibli is set to break new ground for Maserati.

The Ghibli will have a sportier character compared to the larger Quattroporte, launched at the beginning of this year. The Ghibli will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engines, an eight-speed automatic transmission and both rear-wheel drive and the new “Q4” all-wheel drive system.

The Ghibli will also become the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine, with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel.

It is Maserati’s first sedan in this segment and reflects the company’s belief that a growing number of premium executive car buyers are looking to make an individual statement through a car that is distinctive, elegant and luxurious.

The Ghibli will play a significant role in Maserati’s growth plan to sell 50,000 cars per year.

– By: Chris Chin