Maserati Ghibli officially unveiled image

The Italian based automaker Maserati has finally pulled the wraps off the new Ghibli sedan, ahead of its official debut scheduled for the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.

Following the leaked images which made their way onto the web these past few hours, the Maserati Ghibli is entering our news once again, this time with the carmaker officially pulling the wraps off its body. The image posted above is the first one released by the carmaker, officially, which is showing its design ahead of its public debut, scheduled for the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, later on this month.

The Ghibli name has also been used by Maserati back in 1997 and the new model is aimed towards the E-segment, where the vehicle will rival the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A6, amongst others. The Maserati Ghibli is based on a shortened platform of the new Quattroporte and it will be produced along its brother in Grugliasco plant, near Turn. The two models were designed under the close watch of Lorenzo Ramaciotti, the former Pininfarina head of design.

The Maserati Ghibli will measure just under five meters in length and it will come with three engine versions, the 3.0 liter V6 turbo diesel, the 3.0 liter V6 petrol turbocharged and a larger V8 petrol unit. The engines will be mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The model will be officially presented to the public during the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show and it will also be brought to the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.