Maserati gets electrified for the first time with Ghibli Hybrid


That’s right, Maserati is the latest brand to embrace the inevitable. The Ghibli Hybrid is the first-ever electrified vehicle in Maserati’s history and it looks like Maserati has made the right decision by taking small steps into the eventual full electrification.

What that means is the Ghibli we are seeing here is a mild-hybrid, which I think is a perfect starting point. It combines a 2-litre (1,998) 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, a 48-volt BSG and an additional electric supercharger (e-Booster) that draws juice from a battery pack. The ICE develops 330 hp at 5,750 rpm and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. The gearbox remains the same ZF 8-speed automatic that drives the rear wheels via a limited slip differential.

The Ghibli Hybrid is claimed to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 255 km/h (158 mph).

There are some subtle styling updates too such as tastefully applied blue accents and new LED taillights. The boomerang-shaped LED signature is inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.

The interior looks equally tasteful with an all-black theme, blue contrast stitching and an interesting pattern on the centre console. The infotainment system’s size is up from 8.4-inch to 10.1-inch and the instrument cluster has also been tweaked.

The usual stuff that you’d expect such as the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Forward Collision Warning are all present too.

The Ghibli Hybrid will be produced at the Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP) at Grugliasco, Turin.

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