Over the last two decades, we experienced a lot of climaxes in the automotive industry. We saw great remakes, such as the Nissan GT-R, Mercedes SLS AMG, Alpine A110, and other iconic automobiles. In addition, a lot of manufacturers turned away from their traditions in order to keep up with the times. Jaguar made the I-Pace – their first EV – and Polestar went from being the performance division of Volvo to being its own brand, focusing on EVs and hybrids. The latest case of a brand turning away from its usual way of doing things is Maserati with its recent announcement of the Ghibli Hybrid.

Maserati Ghibli Hybrid Overview

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This could be a turning point for the Italian brand, as they have decided to integrate a hybrid drivetrain in their smaller sports saloon. Moreover, they are doing so in times when the sports saloon market is booming. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Infiniti, Genesis, Jaguar, and even Alfa Romeo have exciting propositions in the segment. Does that mean the Maserati Ghibli has its work cut out for it?

The 2021 Ghibli is not a completely new car from the ground up. Rather, it is a revised version of the current one.

This explains why we are greeted by the same elegant design of the current model. It is actually a good thing, as the car has aged gracefully and, I dare say, looks better than many sport sedans that came after it. With the introduction of a hybrid version, the company wants to broaden its target audience for one of their most successful models.

Exterior

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The Ghibli Hybrid version stands out with blue accents on the triple side vents, brake calipers, and the trident logo on the rear pillar. The introduction of the Ghibli Hybrid is also accompanied by a mild facelift for all Ghibli variants. It consists of subtle changes to the front grill, featuring double-blade spokes, updated headlights, and different taillight design. The taillights now have a boomerang light signature reminiscing of the Giugiaro-designed 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car. Overall, it is the same elegant design we have come to enjoy since 2014 with a few minor updates. Design-wise the car has aged well and still stands out on the road.

Interior

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The subtle changes continue inside where we now find an updated MTC (Maserati Touch Control) Plus infotainment system, featuring Android automotive.

The MCT Plus display features an elegant frameless design and has grown in size - from 8.4 to 10.1 inches. In addition to having a tremendous degree of customization, it features Apple car play and Android connectivity. In addition, Amazon Alexa is integrated into the system, which allows for excellent hands-free communication. The old analog instrument cluster has now been replaced by a fully-digital one.

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The Ghibli now benefits from Maserati’s connect program which constantly updates the software and gives the car a frequent “health check”, so you always know if your Ghibli needs maintenance or any other type of attention. And of course, the hybrid theme is hinted with blue trident logos on the headrests. You will be happy to know your Maserati Ghibli has a minimum trunk space of 500 liters (17.7 cubic feet), despite having a battery pack. The comfortable rear seats can fold down in a 60/40 split, for added practicality.

Drivetrain & Performance

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The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid is actually a mild-hybrid (MHEV).

It features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an electric supercharger, and a 48-volt alternator with a battery mounted in the back.

The result is 330 horsepower at 5,750 RPM and 332 pound-feet (450 Nm) of torque at 1,500 - 4,000 RPM. This translates into a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 158 mph (255 km/h). At the same time, average fuel consumption is 27.7 mpg (8.5 l / 100 km) combined. The responsibility of shifting gears has been entrusted to the tried and tested ZF 8-speed automatic – a popular choice in a wide range of performance cars. Power goes to the rear wheels only. Despite having only four cylinders, the good people from Maserati promise a soundtrack worthy of the trident badge. Moreover, it will be achieved through a clever use of the exhaust resonators.

Maserati has chosen to go the Mild hybrid (MHEV) route instead of the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) for the purpose of saving weight, as the latter would require a larger battery pack. Even so, the car has a curb weight of 4,140 pounds (1,878 kg) which sits in the middle, when compared to other MHEV sedans. The Ghibli hybrid is sure to steal some clients that are considering the diesel version. The MHEV version is 176 pounds (80 kg) lighter, more powerful, and significantly quicker to 62 mph.

Competitors

Volvo S60 B6

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Strangely enough, one of the closest analogs to the Ghibli Hybrid comes from Volvo. The S60 with B6 designation also has mild-hybrid technology, comprising of a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and an electric motor. Although front-wheel-drive biased, power is sent to the rear wheels when necessary. The total output is rated at 299 horsepower at 5.400 rpm and 309 pound-feet (420 Nm) at 2,100 – 4,800 rpm.

The Volvo S60 B6 reaches 62 mph in 5.9 seconds – 0.1 seconds slower than the Maserati. In addition, the Volvo has a speed limiter set at 112 mph (180 km/h). With a 33 mpg (7.2 l / 100 km), the Volvo is slightly more fuel-efficient. It is also a bit more Eco-friendly, with 163 - 186 g / km of CO2 emission, as opposed to the Ghibli’s 192 - 216 g / km. However, the Maserati makes up with a bigger fuel tank (21.1 gals / 80 l) which makes for a bigger range than the Volvo with its ( 15.9 gals / 60 l) fuel capacity. At the end of the day, we are talking about mid-size sedans, so cargo capacity is still relevant. In the S60, you get 13.8 cubic-feet (391 liters) – significantly less than the Ghibli’s 17.7 cubic-feet (500 liters).

Read our full review on the Volvo S60 B6

Mercedes E 450

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Stuttgart joins the battle with their best-seller - the Mercedes E-450 mild hybrid. Unlike the Maserati and Volvo, however, the Stuttgart representative relies on more displacement and more cylinders from its turbocharged internal combustion unit – 3.0 liters and six cylinders to be exact. It produces 367 horsepower at 5,500 – 6,100 rpm and 369 pound-feet (500 Nm) of torque at 1,600 – 4,500 rpm). Power goes to all four wheels at all times via a 9-speed G-Tronic gearbox. The 0 to 62 mph sprint happens in 5.0 seconds and top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

Read our full review on the Mercedes E 450

Price

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Prices for the 2021 Maserati Ghibli Hybrid have yet to be announced, but they are expected to start around $72,000. This puts it slightly above its competitors, price-wise. The Mercedes E-450 starts at just over $72,000, but can easily go over $90,000, depending on the spec. For the Volvo S6 B6, prices start at around $67,000.

Conclusion

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Better late than never! Maserati came a bit late to the electric and hybrid scene, but it also freshened things up a bit by adding some Italian zest to the hybrid sedan niche. Maserati prides itself on putting the emphasis on performance. Although they are branching out, the same as everyone else these days, it’s nice to see they haven’t forgotten their racing heritage. With the new Ghibli Hybrid, Maserati continues to give us a nice blend of luxury, style, performance, and unique road presence, despite slowly integrating the more eco-friendly electric propulsion in their lineup.

Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read More
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The spark of electrification ignites Maserati’s future: with the new Ghibli Hybrid, the Trident Brand enters the world of electrification.

The new Ghibli Hybrid represents one of the most ambitious projects for Maserati, which after the announcement of the new engine for the MC20 super sports car now sets the seal on another step forward towards the brand’s new Era.

The choice to introduce the hybrid technology on the Ghibli saloon is no coincidence: this model, with over 100,000 units produced since its launch in 2013, perfectly embodies the Modena-based manufacturer’s DNA.

In fact, the challenge facing Maserati was to enter the world of electrification without altering the brand’s core philosophy and values. The result? The creation of the best possible hybrid. What’s more, Ghibli Hybrid will retain the unmistakable sound that has always distinguished every Maserati.

The arrival of the new Ghibli Hybrid thus expands the Maserati range, which is now even more competitive and responsive to the demands of the market.

Design
Ghibli Hybrid is immediately recognisable, thanks in part to the new design of both exterior and interior. The common denominator of the restyling, developed by the Centro Stile Maserati, is the blue colour, chosen to identify all cars with hybrid technology and the new world they represent.

On the exterior, the blue colour characterises the three iconic side air ducts, the brake calipers and the thunderbolt in the oval that encloses the Trident on the rear pillar. The same blue colour reappears inside the car, in particular on the embroidered seams of the seats. The new Ghibli Hybrid also introduces new stylistic contents, starting from the new front grille, with bars redesigned to represent a tuning fork, a musical device that emits a sound of extreme purity, and which also evokes the Trident symbol itself. There are significant changes at the rear of the car, where the light clusters have been completely restyled, with a boomerang-like profile inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.

Mild Hybrid
In perfect harmony with its DNA, Maserati has chosen a hybrid solution focused primarily on improving performance, while also reducing fuel consumption and cutting emissions.

The hybrid technology exploits the kinetic energy the car accumulates when in motion, recovering it and transforming it into electricity during deceleration and braking, and storing it in a battery.

The innovative powertrain, the outcome of in-depth engineering development work by the technicians and engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena, combines an internal combustion engine (4 cylinders, turbo, displacement of 2.0 l) with a 48 volt alternator and an additional electric supercharger (e-Booster), supported by a battery. This solution is unique in its segment, and is the first in a new generation of powertrains, with the perfect trade-off between performance, efficiency and driving pleasure.

The battery is mounted in the rear of the car, with benefits in terms of improved weight distribution.

This version weighs about 80 kg less than the Diesel.

Thanks to maximum power output of 330 hp and torque of 450 Nm delivered from just 1,500 rpm, the new Ghibli Hybrid’s performance data are very impressive: top speed of 255 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds.

Ghibli Hybrid occupants will still revel in the unmistakable sound that characterises all Maserati models, thanks to the optimised exhaust, which includes specially designed resonators.

Connectivity
Ghibli Hybrid also marks the debut of the new Maserati Connect programme, which enables a constant connection with the car: the information exchange continues when on the move, to improve the services offered to the driver. As well as updating the software packages, the system performs checks on the car and monitors the Safety Security services in emergencies.

The Maserati Intelligent Assistant multimedia system is latest-generation, based on digital inputs from Android Automotive, software that delivers an innovative User Experience fully customisable to the driver’s personal preferences. The multimedia system’s HD screen, with new graphics, more user-friendly and without surrounds, is increased in size from 8”4 to 10”1. A new instrument panel with digital devices and new graphics is also introduced.

Electrification the Maserati way
The new Ghibli Hybrid represents the first step in a plan that will lead to the electrification of all new Maserati models. The Brand’s first all-electric cars will be the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio, scheduled for 2021.

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