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These are the first official high-res photos of the new Maserati Ghibli, which will make its world premiere at Auto Shanghai 2013 later this month.

The Italian carmaker’s ‘baby Quattroporte‘ is said to have a sportier character compared to its larger sibling, and will be available with two turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 engines – one petrol and one diesel.

With the latter, the Ghibli will be the first Maserati production car to be powered by an oil burner. These engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and will drive either the rear wheels or all corners via Q4 all-wheel drive.

The Ghibli will compete with cars like the Jaguar XF, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but we don’t expect an affordable starting price due to the lack of a baseline model to fight against the likes of the 520i, E200 CGI and 2.0 litre XF. Being a high end Italian marque and the fact that only large capacity turbocharged engines are available, a starting price closer to that of the BMW 535i is more likely.