The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid – the first hybrid vehicle in Maserati’s history – is now available. It aims to combine performance with efficiency, but the main selling point of the Ghibli Hybrid is its uniqueness.
The Ghibli is a Mild Hybrid (MHEV), with its 4-cylinder, 2-litre turbo petrol engine, a 48V motor and an additional electric supercharger (e-Booster), supported by a battery, delivering a power output of 330hp and torque of 450Nm. The rear-wheel drive Ghibli Hybrid, which has semi-automatic transmission, has a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 158mph.
The 48V Belt Starter Generator supports the combustion engine, capturing energy when lifting off the accelerator, storing it in a battery, and re-using the energy to provide extra torque when needed. The big idea is that the Hybrid – with a combined economy figure of 33.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 192g/km – has the performance of the petrol V6 engine, with the economy and efficiency of the diesel engine that it replaces.
The DC Converter and the 48V battery are located under the boot floor to optimise weight distribution, and the Hybrid weighs about 80 kg less than the Diesel model.
The Ghibli Hybrid also has a range of updates including in the interior, which features a new generation of Maserati’s infotainment system. There are two trim levels, GranSport and GranLusso. As well as the individual styling and sporty driving experience, the Ghibli Hybrid also offers five seats and a large 500 litre boot.
The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid is available from £58,220 and is due in showrooms very soon.
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.