Maserati is embarking on a big electrification move and it has started with the reveal of a mild-hybrid version of the Ghibli saloon.
It’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine featuring an electric supercharger, a 48-volt alternator, and a battery mounted at the back. It produces 330 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 450 Newton-meters (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 channeled 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.
The hybrid setup also includes an additional electric supercharged (e-Booster) supported by a battery. This is a unique solution for this segment and is said to offer the “perfect trade-off between performance, efficiency and driving pleasure.”
All 2021 Ghiblis will feature slightly revised styling, including a new grille with bars designed to resemble a tuning fork, and taillights with a boomerang-like light signature. The Ghibli Hybrid is distinguished by blue accents found on the side vents and brake calipers.
As for on-board tech, the Ghibli Hybrid also debuts the new Maserati Connect program, which allows for information to be exchanged continuously, as well as software updates. Then there’s the Maserati Intelligent Assistant multimedia system, now with new HD graphics for the 10.1-inch screen (increased in size from 8.4-inches). There’s also a new instrument panel present, featuring new graphics.
The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid is only the first step in a plan that will lead to the electrification of all brand new Maserati models. The carmaker’s first fully electric cars will be the all-new GranTurismo and GranCabrio, set to arrive in 2021.