The Trident brand, Maserati, recently launched its newest model for its global lineup. The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid. This new sedan is a milestone for the Italian marque because it is the first hybrid car in the brand’s long and storied history.
The modena-based manufacturer stated that the Ghibli is one of the models that encapsulates the brand’s DNA, and putting a hybrid system in it would be a task that would compromise what the brand stands for. Maserati had to go the extra mile and make the best-possible hybrid that they could possibly make, but still, retain the traits that make a Maserati, a Maserati.
The design of the new Ghibli is much like the non-hybrid variant. All the familiar Maserati cues are there from the slightly redesigned grille and trident logo to the headlights, all the way to the rear taillights. Since it is a hybrid, blue is used as an accent color throughout the car and can be found in several trim pieces around the metalwork of the automobile, which include the iconic side air ducts and the brake calipers.
The blue accents continue all the way to the interior which is still similar enough to the original Ghibli. Carbon fiber, leather, and steel finishes are all present in the cabin which evokes a sense of sportiness and refinement. Blue stitching and a blue trident logo help mark the Ghibli hybrid as something special. The color contrasts greatly with the black leather upholstery which gives it a touch of style that doesn’t clash with the rest of the interior. To add even more style, the leather is quilted and stitched through in the seats.
Also another first for the brand, the Ghibli comes equipped with the new Maserati Connect program which allows for unhindered connection with the car. Over the air updates are also another feature of this software. The infotainment comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality and comes with a screen that measures in at 10.1 inches diagonally, up from 8.4 in the previous iteration.
To ensure that the gasoline motor works in harmony with the hybrid system, Maserati has opted to go with a mild-hybrid setup. The internal combustion gasoline motor in this new model is a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with a displacement of 2.0 liters that produces a maximum output of 330 hp and 450 Nm of torque when paired with the electric motors. This power is fed to an 8-speed automatic gearbox made by ZF. It also comes with a limited-slip differential and is rear-wheel drive.