Maserati’s new compact sedan, the Ghibli, has broken cover before its official debut at this month’s Shanghai Motor Show.

Sitting under its big brother Quattroporte, the sleek, rear-wheel drive, four-seater is scheduled to launch due in Australia and New Zealand in early 2014, with a choice of two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines, as well as a V6 turbo-diesel.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and in selected markets, the new ‘Q4’ all-wheel drive system will be offered.