New Maserati Ghibli Hybrid: very slight restyling

The "new" Ghibli hybrid from Maserati has just been unveiled. After an intense teasing these last weeks with bluish light suggesting electricity and Trident under tension, the D-segment sedan of the Italian manufacturer is officially revealed for its update... Small tour of the beauty.

Restyling... what restyling?

Externally, nothing or almost nothing changes. The sedan keeps its sculptural line but a facelift would have been nice because if it still wears its colors high and proudly displays its almost 7 years on the odometer, the competition is not idle and the Maserati Ghibli no longer has the "wow" effect of its debut... Too bad, we'll have to make do with it. Apart from a slightly revised lower front bumper, touches of blue (brake calipers, side vents), the only real "novelty" consists of a Restyling of the rear lightsin the shape of a boomerang. Some will see a slight "Fiat Tipo" effect in the rear lights. We have seen better for the high-end inspiration, even if it is not unpleasant...

Inside, the restyling is also very light. We will note theappearance of a new multimedia system and a new screen that goes from 8.4 to 10.1 inches. The bottom of the center console is also touched up. For the rest, nothing new. The shapes are the same. Maybe some materials will be more upscale but that's about it...

And the engine?

Maserati was announcing electrification with a lot of communication. You were going to see what you were going to see. Well, we are seeing. Plug-in hybrid point. It's frankly a cold shower. No, instead it will be a simple small 48V hybrid motorIt's just as good as a 500X... which doesn't even offer it! The competition must be trembling in Stuttgart, Munich or Ingolstadt... Or rather laughing under their breath?

Here, take the 2.0 Turbo for Giulia and Stelvio. This 4-cylinder engine, less noble than the V6, is here assisted by a 48V starter-alternator. The latter recovers energy during braking and deceleration, stores it in the battery (located in the trunk), and supplies it during acceleration, by powering the engine's ebooster... The 2.0 Turbo engine makes it possible here to supply 330 hpThis is more than the 280 of the non-hybrid Giulia and Stelvio. That's something...

The 0 to 100 km/h is announced in 5.7s. The 255 km/h top speed should be reached.

"The hybrid system offers the same performance as the V6 diesel version (with 275 hp) with the power and acceleration of the 350 hp V6 gasoline engine."announces the trident brand, "all combined with an impressive reduction in CO2 emissions, 25% compared to gasoline and virtually identical to diesel according to WLTP data" but does not escape the malus in FranceThis is due to the absence of rechargeable hybrids or full-hybrids like Toyota's. What a shame! The consumption is announced as being reduced by 20 % compared to the V6 petrol. If we do not know the fate planned for the V6 petrol, the new Ghibli hybrid is supposed to replace the V6 diesel of 275 hp.

Not to spoil anything, "In the Ghibli hybrid everything is oriented towards best performances"the Modena-based company assures. "The car weighs less than the 6-cylinder version and above all has a better weight distribution (...). Everything is designed to make the Ghibli more agile and more fun to drive."

Note that the suspensions have been reworked and the sound typical of Maserati engines has been preserved "without using amplifiers but simply adjusting the exhaust gas dynamics and adopting resonators"explains Maserati. That's something...

Finally, you should know that the new Ghibli hybrid Catching up with technology The new car has been equipped with a whole range of driving aids. Thus, a virtual assistant makes its appearance to answer the requests of the occupants. In addition, the Italian also receives a semi-autonomous driving system that can be used up to 145 km/h. This option combines adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and automatic emergency braking.

Marketing planned for the fall. Notice to amateurs.

Disappearance of the diesel engine, a good opportunity?

The disappearance of the diesel engine for the Maserati Ghibli is a good opportunity to acquire a Used Maserati Ghibli because its price will inevitably drop.

On many sites of sales of used car like lacentrale or leboncoin, prices for the Italian sedan are falling.

The V6 diesel engine is reliable, the sound has been worked on, enough to offer a good prestige tourer.

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