After an unusually long teaser campaign, the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid is finally here. It looks familiar because this isn’t a second-generation model as we’re dealing with a more thorough update of the same sports saloon that has been around since 2013. The biggest news is represented by the adoption of a mild hybrid powertrain to kick-start the company’s electrified agenda.
It’s a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine featuring an electric supercharger, a 48-volt alternator, and a battery mounted at the back. It produces 325 bhp at 5,750 rpm and 450 Newton-metres (332 pound-feet) of torque from 4,000 rpm, which helps the Ghibli Hybrid run to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds and top out at 158 mph (255 km/h).
Compared to the V6 diesel, it cuts CO2 emissions by 25 percent and slashes weight by approximately 80 kilograms (176 pounds). Power is channelled to the rear axle through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, with Maserati deciding to go for a mild-hybrid setup rather than a PHEV to avoid adding a bigger battery which would’ve increased weight. That said, at 1,950 kg (4,299 lbs), it's not necessarily lightweight.
To emphasise it's the eco-friendly variant, Maserati has added blue exterior accents for the three side air ducts, brake calipers, and the Trident logo on the rear pillar. The blue theme has a correspondent on the inside where the seams come in the same shade. With the Ghibli Hybrid, the Italian marque is also introducing a mild facelift for the saloon, such as the updated grille and headlights, along with new taillights featuring a boomerang lighting signature inspired by the 3200 GT and Alfieri concept.
Gallery: Maserati Ghibli Hybrid
Additional changes can be found inside the cabin where the 2021 Ghibli uses a revamped infotainment system running on Android Automotive and with the display bumped in size from 8.4 to 10.1 inches. There’s now a fully digital instrument cluster replacing the old-school analogue gauges, while the newly introduced Maserati Connect program updates the software and regularly checks the car for any issues.
The Ghibli Hybrid heralds Maserati’s electrification push, which will continue in 2021 with full-electric versions of the next-generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio. Meanwhile, the hotly anticipated MC20 supercar will be unveiled in September.
Gallery: Maserati Ghibli Hybrid
New Ghibli Hybrid: the first electrified vehicle in Maserati's history
The first hybrid vehicle in Maserati's history
Developed by the Maserati Innovation Lab of Modena
The vehicle will be produced at the Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP) at Grugliasco (Turin)
Modena, 16 July 2020 – The spark of electrification ignites Maserati's future: with the new Ghibli Hybrid, the Trident Brand enters the world of electrification.
The new Ghibli Hybrid represents one of the most ambitious projects for Maserati, which after the announcement of the new engine for the MC20 super sports car now sets the seal on another step forward towards the brand's new Era.
The choice to introduce the hybrid technology on the Ghibli sedan is no coincidence: this model, with over 100,000 units produced since its launch in 2013, perfectly embodies the Modena-based manufacturer’s DNA.
In fact, the challenge facing Maserati was to enter the world of electrification without altering the brand's core philosophy and values. The result? The creation of the best possible hybrid. What's more, Ghibli Hybrid will retain the unmistakable sound that has always distinguished every Maserati.
The arrival of the new Ghibli Hybrid thus expands the Maserati range, which is now even more competitive and responsive to the demands of the market.
Ghibli Hybrid is immediately recognisable, thanks in part to the new design of both exterior and interior. The common denominator of the restyling, developed by the Centro Stile Maserati, is the blue colour, chosen to identify all cars with hybrid technology and the new world they represent.
On the exterior, the blue colour characterises the three iconic side air ducts, the brake calipers and the thunderbolt in the oval that encloses the Trident on the rear pillar. The same blue colour reappears inside the car, in particular on the embroidered seams of the seats. The new Ghibli Hybrid also introduces new stylistic contents, starting from the new front grille, with bars redesigned to represent a tuning fork, a musical device that emits a sound of extreme purity, and which also evokes the Trident symbol itself. There are significant changes at the rear of the car, where the light clusters have been completely restyled, with a boomerang-like profile inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.
In perfect harmony with its DNA, Maserati has chosen a hybrid solution focused primarily on improving performance, while also reducing fuel consumption and cutting emissions.
The hybrid technology exploits kinetic energy the car accumulates when in motion, recovering it and transforming it into electricity during deceleration and braking, and storing it in a battery.
The innovative powertrain, the outcome of in-depth engineering development work by the technicians and engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena, combines an internal combustion engine (4 cylinders, turbo, displacement of 2.0 l) with a 48 volt alternator and an additional electric supercharger (e-Booster), supported by a battery. This solution is unique in its segment, and is the first in a new generation of powertrains, with the perfect trade-off between performance, efficiency and driving pleasure.
The battery is mounted in the rear of the car, with benefits in terms of improved weight distribution.
This version weighs about 80 kg less than the Diesel.
Thanks to maximum power output of 330 hp and torque of 450 Nm delivered from just 1,500 rpm, the new Ghibli Hybrid's performance data are very impressive: top speed of 255 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds.
Ghibli Hybrid occupants will still revel in the unmistakable sound that characterises all Maserati models, thanks to the optimised exhaust, which includes specially designed resonators.
Ghibli Hybrid also marks the debut of the new Maserati Connect program, which enables a constant connection with the car: the information exchange continues when on the move, to improve the services offered to the driver. As well as updating the software packages, the system performs checks on the car and monitors the Safety Security services in emergencies.
The Maserati Intelligent Assistant multimedia system is latest-generation, based on digital inputs from Android Automotive, software that delivers an innovative User Experience fully customisable to the driver's personal preferences. The multimedia system's HD screen, with new graphics, more user-friendly and without surrounds, is increased in size from 8”4 to 10”1. A new instrument panel with digital devices and new graphics is also introduced.
Electrification the Maserati way
The new Ghibli Hybrid represents the first step in a plan that will lead to the electrification of all new Maserati models. The Brand's first all-electric cars will be the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio, scheduled for 2021.
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