It’s rumored that the 2014 Maserati Ghibli is going to share plenty of its parts with the Chrysler 300, which wouldn’t surprise us in the least. Maserati says its base engine for the new car is going to be a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6, likely the same 410-horsepower unit found in the 2014 full-size Quattroporte. There will also be an available 3.0-liter diesel V-6, undoubtedly related to the engine available in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the overseas Chrysler 300, making 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque–pulling force–in the Jeep.
Both engines will be paired to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission–likely the same one used in the Chrysler 300–sending power to the rear wheels or optionally all four wheels in Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system.
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is going to be on the cheap side for a Maserati–sized similarly to a BMW 5 Series and likely priced a little higher than the approximately $65,000 BMW 550i–but it won’t be the first collaborative project between Chrysler and Maserati. In the late 1980s, everyone’s favorite Italian-American auto executive, Lee Iacocca, created a partnership to make a bespoke version of its Chrysler front-whee-drive “K” platform, albeit much-modified, called the Chrysler TC by Maserati. Unfortunately, it still looked like the much cheaper Chrysler LeBaron. It was a flop.
At least the 2014 Maserati Ghibli looks like a proper high-end Italian luxury sedan throughout. It’s not exactly starting at a bad point basing it off Chrysler 300 parts, either. That car is award-winning, and we’re pretty much in love with it here at Automotive.com.
Maserati is letting the public have its first live look at the 2014 Ghibli at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, signifying the growing importance the Chinese market has for car companies. The show starts April 21. It and the Maserati Levante, based off the Jeep Grand Cherokee chassis, should be here sooner than not.