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. This new sedan will wear the Ghibli badge.

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-litreMaserati_Ghibli_Int-668 V6 engines, an eight-speed automatic transmission and both rear-wheel drive and the new “Q4” all-wheel drive system.

Most of all, the Ghibli will become the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine; it will be a 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel

This Ghibli is Maserati’s first saloon 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.

Details on the fuel efficiency and power produced by these engines, as well as global distribution will be revealed during the Shanghai show.