Maserati officially joins the electrification craze with the release of the 2021 Ghibli sedan. Marking the Italian carmaker’s push toward more sustainable powertrains, the new Ghibli comes with a 48v hybrid system that pairs a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turborcharged engine with an electric supercharger.
The Ghibli’s hybrid powertrain produces 330hp and 450Nm of torque while mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. It is also equipped with regenerative braking to help the car save energy and propel it further. Maserati claims an acceleration of zero-to-100-kmph sprint in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 254 kmph.
The battery that supports the electric supercharger is mounted in the rear of the car, with a placement designed to benefit overall weight distribution, according to the brand.
The Ghibli is the fourth car Maserati’s lineup announced to either be hybridized or electrified. The company also said it will introduce electric elements to the MC20, GranTurismo and GranCabrio sports cars beginning next year.
According to Maserati, the decision to electrify the Ghibli sedan is no coincidence. With over 100,000 sold since its 2013 introduction, the sedan “perfectly embodies” the brand’s DNA.
Maserati is distinguishing its hybrid cars from the rest of their families with light blue accents inside and out. On the Ghibli Hybrid exterior, this unique feature can be found on the brakes, side air ducts, and rear pillar trident logos. Inside, embroidered seams display the distinctive color.
A slimmer front grille and updated boomerang taillights are also the Ghibli Hybrid’s own.
For infotainment, the sporty sedan relies on a 10-inch touchscreen powered by Maserati Connect, which allows for over-the-air updates while also controlling the car’s many driver assistance systems. Maserati Connect even performs checks on the car and monitors the Safety Security services in emergencies.
Stored inside Maserati connect is the latest-generation Maserati Intelligent Assistant multimedia system, designed to deliver “an innovative User Experience fully customizable to the driver's personal preferences.”
Maserati is using the Ghibli Hybrid to replace the lineup’s diesel variant. It will be available to many global markets by the end of the year. The Ghibli is available locally, but whether the brand plans to bring a hybrid version here remains to be seen.
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