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Maserati has unveiled the Ghibli sedan in a world premiere, during the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, over the weekend.

After it was announced for the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the Maserati Ghibli is ending up in our news once again, this time with the carmaker officially pulling the wraps off its body, during the Chinese automotive event. The Maserati Ghibli, which is basically a baby Quattroporte, is coming with a 20 cm shorter wheelbase than its bigger brother, and the overall length has been reduced by 20 cm. Maserati says that the top of the line Ghibli has large ventilated front and rear brakes, signed by Brembo, and it’s sitting on either 18-, 19-, 20- or 21-inch rims.

The Maserati Ghibli is the first ever model made by the company to get a diesel engine. This is a 3.0 liter V6 turbocharged unit, co-developed with Paolo Martinelli, a former Ferrari chief motorist. The unit is producing 275 HP (202 kW) and 600 Nm of torque (443 lb-ft), enough for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 6.3 seconds, an average fuel consumption of 6.0L/100km (47 mpg UK / 39.2 mpg US) and 160 g/km of CO2 emissions. The model is also getting a 3.0L V6 twin turbo gasoline engine, with 330 HP (243 kW) and 500 Nm of torque (369 lb-ft), which can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds. Fuel consumption stands at 9.6L/100km (29.4 mpg UK / 24.5 mpg US).

The top of the line version of the Maserati Ghibli will be offered with a more powerful version of the same engine mentioned above, which will produce 410 HP (301 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 550 Nm of torque (405 lb-ft), available at 1,750 rpm. This can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph). All versions are getting an eight-speed automatic transmission, signed by ZF. In Europe, except UK, the model will also get Q4 all-wheel drive.

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