Back in December of last year, we discussed a report by the Automotive News saying that the Maserati Ghibli (M157) would more than likely be discontinued after the 2022 model year. The Ghibli has been the brand’s smaller Italian executive tourer sedan since 2013, making it one of the oldest cars currently in the premium segment.
Fans of the “trident” brand were quick to notice that the car was absent from its “Folgore” electrification plan, shown off earlier this year. That added to the speculation of the car being axed after 2022. However, in recent days, Drive.com.au interviewed Grant Barling, General Manager of Maserati Australia who confirmed that the Ghibli will meet its end soon, but not after 2024.
Barling stated that the car “will move into run-out phase into 2024.” The GM also went into detail about the future of the Quattroporte and its role in helping to bridge the gap left by the Ghibli.
He states that the next-generation Quattroporte will actually shrink in size, to about the same size as the outgoing Ghibli. Something that doesn’t usually happen in today’s car market, as most nameplates continue to grow in size. The new sedan will be available with both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) powertrains.
Barling also declared that the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine used in the Trofeo lineup will also be dropped. A lot of people have assumed that it would, with the introduction of the Maserati-specific twin-turbo 3.0-liter Nettuno V6.