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Maserati Ghibli To Be Replaced By Shrunken Quattroporte In 2024

Rumors have been circulating for some time that Maserati's Ghibli sedan is living on borrowed time. Now Australian publication Drive reports that the midsize luxury car is being dropped in 2024, and will be taking the brand's twin-turbo V8 powertrain to its grave as well. But more interestingly, the Ghibli will have a replacement in the form of the next-generation Quattroporte, as the Italian sedan will reportedly shrink in size.

Maserati Ghibli To Be Replaced By Shrunken Quattroporte In 2024

The Ghibli debuted in 2013, in an attempt to dethrone the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. Although it offered classy looks and pleasant sounds from the engine bay, it never caught on among buyers. Falling sales are said to be the reasoning behind Maserati's decision to axe the Ghibli, and it's no surprise as the sedan hasn't been redesigned at all since it first launched.

Maserati will also get rid of its Ferrari-sourced V8 in 2024, which currently powers the Trofeo performance variants of the Ghibli, Quattroporte, and Levante. The next Quattroporte, as well as the replacement for the Levante SUV, will either run on electric power or use the automaker's new in-house Nettuno V6. Both models are expected to arrive around 2025.

Like we said before, the full-size Quattroporte will serve as the Ghibli's replacement when it enters its next generation. Most vehicles grow larger with every generation, but the Quattroporte will buck this trend by moving downmarket to the midsize segment.

"The Ghibli will move into run-out phase into 2024. We will stop producing the V8. The plan is for the Ghibli and Quattroporte to become one," Maserati Australia general manager Grant Barling told Drive. "So the Quattroporte will become a short-wheelbase [model] – Ghibli-sized, but called a Quattroporte."

The Quattroporte will abandon the full-size segment in its next generation.

Maserati plans to have an all-electric version of every model in its lineup by 2025, each wearing the Folgore moniker. The first to arrive will be the Grecale Folgore crossover, followed by EV variants of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio next year. The MC20 supercar and next-generation Quattroporte and Levante will offer Folgore badges closer to the middle of the decade.

Will you be sad to see the Ghibli go?

Source: Drive

Images: Maserati


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