Maserati has unveiled the new Maserati Ghibli Hybrid which is the Trident brand’s first electrified powertrain vehicle. The Italian brand has sold more than 100,000 units of the Ghibli sedan since the car’s introduction in the international market in the year 2013 and is the aptest model according to Maserati to be introduced with the new electrified mild-hybrid powertrain.
On the exterior, the new Ghibli features a new grille with redesigned bars that represent the tuning fork, newly restyled headlight units, the iconic three side gills and brake callipers with blur colour characteristics, the blue colour that defines its electrified powertrain can also be found on the oval that encloses the trident on the rear pillar and boomerang-like profile on the rear light clusters.
On the inside, the Maserati Ghibli features a multilayered dashboard with slightly raised fascia, a dark theme with blue accents on the trim and blue embroidered seams on the seats. The Ghibli features a digital instruments panel with new graphics, a larger 10.1-inch centrally mounted infotainment system increased from the previous 8.4-inch multimedia system, and comes with the latest-generation Maserati Intelligent Assistant multimedia system with Android Auto connectivity.
In the engine department, the Modena-based manufacturer has come up with an innovative powertrain developed in-house by the engineers at the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena. The new electrified engine combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged internal combustion engine with a 48-volt alternator and an additional electric supercharger (e-Booster), coupled to a battery pack mounted on the rear of the vehicle for improved weight distribution.
The powertrain through the unique setup generates 330 hp and torque of 450 Nm delivered from just 1,500 rpm and has the capability to propel the Ghibli Hybrid from 0-100 kmph in 5.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 255 kmph. The hybrid technology utilises the kinetic energy stored when the car is in motion and while braking the energy is regenerated and stored in the battery pack that can be used for improving performance while reducing fuel consumption.
Despite being a Hybrid the new Maserati Ghibli Hybrid features special resonators in its exhaust system so that its occupants rejoice the unmistakable sound that characterises all Maserati models.