Welcome to the part of the day where this news editor gets to write about lust-worthy metal he will never be able to afford. *sigh*

This is the new Ghibli. It’s about as Italian mafia as you can get, with its glaring eyes and an very serious moustache. And best of all, it’s semi-affordable as far as exotic Italians go, being positioned against the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The feisty motor will get a choice of two engines, both 3.0L in displacement, one gas and one diesel (which seems incredibly weird). Eight cogs will give you lots of propulsion choice, with power sent to the rear or all four corners if you so choose.

Press release and images below.

The all-new Maserati Ghibli to debut in Shanghai

MODENA, Italy – 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.

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