The Ghibli Hybrid is the first electrified vehicle in Maserati's history
Sparks and ignition
One of the most prominent names in the realm of motoring has finally entered the world of electrification—the first time in the Italian automaker's 106-year history. Igniting the future of Maserati is the new Ghibli Hybrid, the latest addition to the brand's illustrious portfolio of vehicles.
Developed by the Maserati Innovation Lab of Modena, the Ghibli Hybrid will be produced at the Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP) at Grugliasco, Turin. Since the launch of the Ghibli sedan in 2013, the model is said to perfectly embody the manufacturer’s DNA—with more than 100,000 units produced.
The Centro Stile Maserati has developed new designs for both the exterior and interior—with the common denominator being the blue colour. After all, it is the shade used to identify all cars with hybrid technology. On the outside, you will notice the blue colour appearing on the three side air ducts, the brake calipers, and the thunderbolt in the oval that encloses the Trident on the rear pillar. As for the inside, you will see it on the embroidered seams of the seats.
Another interesting feature on the Ghibli Hybrid is the new front grille. The bars are redesigned to represent a tuning fork, a musical device, and the Trident symbol itself. Furthermore, light clusters at the rear of the vehicle have been totally restyled and now comes with a boomerang-like profile. Think the Alfieri concept car or the 3200 GT.
Weighing about 80 kilogrammes less than the Diesel version, the Ghibli Hybrid reduces fuel consumption and cutting emissions without compromising on performance. According to Maserati, this is executed in perfect harmony with the brand DNA.
It might sound complex but the hybrid technology is a combination of an internal combustion engine (four cylinders, turbo, and displacement of two-litre) with a 48 volt alternator, as well as an extra electric supercharger (e-Booster)—along with a battery. Oh, as for the battery, it's located at the rear of the car for better weight distribution.
Performance-wise, the Ghibli Hybrid has a top speed of 255 kilometres per hour and can achieve the century sprint in 5.7 seconds. Moreover, the variant has a maximum power output of 330 horsepower and torque of 450 Newton-metres. Thanks to the optimised exhaust, the iconic sound that characterises all Maserati models will still be present. Drivers also get to experience the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with the Ghibli Hybrid.
Enabling a constant connection with the car is the new Maserati Connect programme on the Ghibli Hybrid. The system doesn't only monitor the Safety Security services in emergencies but also performs checks on the car. As for the Maserati Intelligent Assistant, the multimedia system comes with a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display with new graphics and instrument panel.
This is just the first step in the Italian automaker's plan to electrify new Maserati models. Scheduled for 2021, the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be the brand's first all-electric cars. We'll have to wait to find out if Malaysia will be receiving any units in the future. What are your thoughts on the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid?
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