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SPIED: 2014 Maserati Ghibli prototype

posted by NSL

 

Early Ghibli development cars, wearing modified Quattroporte bodies, have been spotted several times in the past few months, but today, the first real prototype for the new, smaller Maser has been spied!

Maserati engineers have actually camouflaged this prototype to appear as one of the old Quattroporte test cars we saw early in 2012. However, a quick comparison reveals this Ghibli test car is not nearly as long as the Quattroporte test cars, with the most noticeable length difference in the rear doors.

Much like the Quattroporte test cars from last year, this Ghibli test car also has fake camouflage panels on the rear half of the roofline.

The Ghibli, codenamed “M157,” will be the start of a significant brand expansion for Maserati, and will aim to compete with the BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class.

Underneath the sheet metal, the Ghibli might be more Chrysler than Maserati. Sources indicate the Ghibli said to be utilizing a version of the Chrysler 300 chassis.

Additionally, the base motor is rumored to be a turbocharged version of Chrysler’s 3.5L Pentastar V6, good for 375-400hp. That said, we feel pretty confident a Ferrari-sourced V8 will also be offered. Both engines should be mated to an 8-speed, ZF transmission.

 

 


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  • knockout motor. panic ensues in usual quarters.

    full pictures from Auto Zeitung here: http://www.autozeitung.de/auto-neuh…-shanghai-auto-show-2013-oberklasse-gn-399745

    you can tell this is good 'un as the usual suspects – the limey lackey hacks – are straight in there, pre-emptively trying to smear the product and steer their readers in the 'right' direction:

    smear:

    All Ghiblis will be powered by Ferrari-fettled versions of Chrylser’s ‘Pentastar’ twin-turbocharged V6 engines

    http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/S…Maserati-Ghibli-2013-first-official-pictures/

    the new 3.0 litre V6 bi-turbo petrol in the Ghibli and Quattroporte is a Ferrari build and design.

    steer:

    The new Maserati Ghibli makes those granny pants German saloons look worryingly generic and unsexy. Because, let's face it, who wants a 5 Series, an A6 or an E-Class when you could have one of these instead? Only Jaguar's XF stands a chance of matching the Ghibli in the slinkiness stakes

    http://www.pistonheads.com/news/default.asp?storyId=27463

    The fawning Brit hacks know this good-looking Ghibli and its Ferrari engine instantly make the XF and XJ old hat.

  • Looks good.

  • Huckfeldt

    Not only it looks good, now that it has frameless doors, I kinda feel that it has more of that coupeish feeling compared to those of the germans "4-door coupes".

    There is something about the proportions of a 3-box sedan that could be sexier than coupes, right ? Case of example , the proportions of the new S class compared to the fastback roofs of Audi A7 and Jaguar XJ.

    Maserati feels… More exotic.

    Anyone feeling mutual ?

    I agree. It is not about the name or whatever. I want better looking sedans. And the S Class does look good, way more "coupé" than a Panamera/A7.

    This new Ghibli clearly has Lancia Thema basis (interior). It still is more mid-front engined than the Lancia. If not I'm not sure but it looks rather small, more F30 size than F10. Maybe its the pics. Looking forward to more details.

  • Not only it looks good, now that it has frameless doors, I kinda feel that it has more of that coupeish feeling compared to those of the germans "4-door coupes".

    There is something about the proportions of a 3-box sedan that could be sexier than coupes, right ? Case of example , the proportions of the new S class compared to the fastback roofs of Audi A7 and Jaguar XJ.

    Maserati feels… More exotic.

    Anyone feeling mutual ?

  • Looks good.

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  • Thanks. Very nice. Unfortunately I have no time to draw (but time to be on GCF? :D) , so I'm losing my ability. I'll try to get back with that. I even started 3D CAD about 5 years ago. I'm not sure I regret not having gone to the design school in Milano. But who knows what awaits me now?

  • That's the magazine I was referring to.

  • Levi68

    Do you remember the name of the magazine?

    So another good looking car that will be awkward in the showrooms? ;)

    It's Auto & Design. Available in italian and english:

    http://www.autodesignmagazine.com/

    You may also find these sites useful, Alex:

    http://www.cardesignnews.com/site/home/

    http://www.carbodydesign.com/

    I remember that about a year ago one of these sites were offering the chance to win a design course at Lamborghini

  • SCOTT27

    There is a design magazine which you can buy about automotive design.

    Do you remember the name of the magazine?

    SCOTT27

    No that's the Ghilbi , OICA list it for Shanghai. Looks like the GLA Concept will follow the Concept A and CSC and not be a production reality of the actual car.

    So another good looking car that will be awkward in the showrooms? ;)

  • Levi68

    That doesn't look like the Ghibli. Looks more like a Rolls Royce Phantom rival by the size.

    No that's the Ghilbi , OICA list it for Shanghai. Looks like the GLA Concept will follow the Concept A and CSC and not be a production reality of the actual car.

  • Levi68

    I don't think it is the Ghibli. It might just be a Quattroporte.

    There is a design magazine which you can buy about automotive design , I think bi-monthly?
    The current or previous is about the Maserati Quattroporte in which this image is a discarded Quattroporte. I think the current one is the Quorus cars, but they have done the BMW 6er Gran Coupe.
    It's an interesting magazine the whole issue is about the car (cars) on the cover , I done the 5erGT for it back in those days now I am currently brand specific but it is good to go back on location again.

  • extended QP for the Chinese market and possibly abroad?

  • That doesn't look like the Ghibli. Looks more like a Rolls Royce Phantom rival by the size.

  • for what day the reveal is planned?

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  • bombardier01

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    http://www.autoevolution.com/news/is-this-the-maserati-ghibli-56327.html

    I don't think it is the Ghibli. It might just be a Quattroporte.

  • Levi68

    WTF is Marchionne thinking? Instead of bring up Maserati and Alfa Romeo to Ferrari level, he is bringing them to Fiat level, which is laready lower than VW.

    Yes, they try to increase the sales, but to go as far as to say they are bringing both brands to Fiat level is obsurd!

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    Sergio Marchionne has taken up every bit of money he could from other projects to ensure the revival of the Maserati brand gets the revival it deserves. This is a three stage process, and the 'rocket' has already taken off in Detroit this January, as the new Quattroporte was launched.

    The second stage is another four-door model, about 300 millimeters shorter, called the Ghibli. You can view it as a cheaper Quattroporte, or an Italian BMW 5 Series, though it has its fair share of other rivals as well.

    The Ghibli sedan has been spotted testing across Europe on numerous occasions, but never wearing anything other than a perfect disguise. We'll admit we were a little frustrated yesterday when we shoed you thosespyshots of the car testing, because we couldn't actually tell you anything about the looks, but we persevered and found what we were looking for.

    JokeForBlog published these photos f the Ghibli without actually telling us anything to give them credibility. Because the headlights have a different design, we can tell you this isn't the real Ghibli, but more likely a scale model built by the car's designers. Before you call this 'fake', consider nobody else would have built a model of the Ghibli, so to an extent, this is the real deal.

    The Italian sedan shows a brand new style of grille, one that looks a little bit like the lipstick stains women leave when they kiss you. This is mainly because of a very deep channel used as a design element for the nose.

    http://www.autoevolution.com/news/is-this-the-maserati-ghibli-56327.html

  • WTF is Marchionne thinking? Instead of bring up Maserati and Alfa Romeo to Ferrari level, he is bringing them to Fiat level, which is laready lower than VW.

  • Yeah its mish-mash of all those. Chrysler took bits and pieces from the E and worked over the rest and Maser will now do the same with the Chrysler version. I doubt at this point we would recognize it as a Benz chassis if you flipped the car over, but I think I could live with that (because that is the future I guess, sharing everything), but the money they saved on the chassis should have been put into making the interior unrecognizable from anything Chrysler IMO. They seemingly got the chassis right with the Quattrporte, but in no way does that warmed over Chrysler interior here or in the Q warrant the prices they're going to be charging. Its foolish, but with such drastic change I'm sure Maser will sell every car they can build once all these new Chrysler based models hit the showroom floor. Oh yes there is more, the SUV which will again be a looker, but based on the ML/Jeep GC platform. Sigh…… I better get that Granturismo Cabriolet soon.

    M

  • Well, wait, if it is based on the Chrysler 300 chassis it is actually rolling on a modified w210 chassis. So, it's actually a Mercedes? Oy.

  • OMG it's a smaller Chrysler. I'm going to be sick. Funeral services for Maserati pending.

    M

  • I also save such photos. I have a bunch of "top secret" photos that were never on the web. Unfortunately my hard-drive got flashed when my laptop accidently fell from the desk. I'm yet keeping that hard-drive to recover all the preicious data I have on it. But I'll have to wait until I can affoard the recovery. I was told about € 2K minimum.

    But I agree, this Ghibli, while not really much different from the Quattroporte, it just has something I like. I can't put the finger on it, but I looks like my segment favorite. Well, Auto Salon Shanghai will tell us.

  • I have saved those photos. I reall hope it turns out like that. I am really really liking those leaked fotos for some reason. Very attractive.

  • bmwfanatic7291

    Is this supposed to be a 5 series/E competitor?

    Yes, that is the segment it is going to be in. It will even have a Diesel V6. :yuck:

  • Is this supposed to be a 5 series/E competitor?

  • Giannis

    In what way would a Ghibli be different than the Quattroporte?

    Ghibli would be based on a shorter Quattroporte. Differencies are to be:

    -lighter
    -more sport than comfort
    -less rear space
    -smaller trunk
    -lower price
    -probably detuned engines.

  • In what way would a Ghibli be different than the Quattroporte?

  • Vastly more appealing than the recently introduced Quattroporte.

  • I would hit it

  • I think it does look better if thats it, but (for me) that Chrysler question pops up again.

    M

  • Probably. It almost looks better than the Quattroporte. If it gets the same 530 PS engine, then this definitely is an M5/M6 GranCoupé beater. I guess it would also be lighter and more sporty. I see the same 21" rims as on the QP. Wonder what the interior will be like. One think that really bothers me are the side-view mirrors. Does it cost that much to design Maserati specific mirrors instead of slapping on the ones of the 300Thema?

    The Ghibli will be revealed (as Concept?) at Shanghai this year.

    Edit: It might be a PS.

  • I'd say so.

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  • Here are all the high resolution images including the comparison spy shots between the 2013 Maserati Quattroporte prototype and the 2014 Maserati Ghibli prototype.

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