We can indeed say that for a few years, the brand was stuck in a semi-torpor, delaying in renewing its range to better enable it to face competition which is advancing at full steam. That’s it, the alarm has sounded: soon the MC20 supercar will arrive which will shake up Porsche and Ferrari, soon new models will arrive, sometimes plug-in, sometimes 100% electric. And already today, a Ghibli Hybrid arrives.
Let’s be clear, Maserati is launching timidly, because this is in fact a “light” hybrid, whose petrol engine is supported by a 48V electric system. This certainly provides a little boost in certain situations, but does not allow electric driving phases. The aim is therefore to maintain a level of power worthy of the brand but to reduce CO2 emissions by using a smaller engine. This is also the brand’s other big first. Under the hood, no V8 or V6, but a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol, never seen at Maserati. But it is a 4-cylinder “with character”, since it comes from Alfa, and the system develops a total of 330 hp, barely 20 less than the smallest V6 in the range.
At the height
It should also be noted that the Ghibli is catching up to the competition in an area that matters: technology. Exit the completely dated multimedia system, the car receives one of the most modern and “flattering” systems on the market. At this level, the Maserati is therefore at the height of the category.
And on the road, it lives up to what you’d expect from a Maserati. Because the Alfa engine and its electric boost accelerate strongly, without being asked, with the added bonus of a certain musicality when you go up in the towers. As a bonus, this compact engine weighs little on the front axle, which favors the driving sensations.
That being said, it is true that being a hybrid “of principle”, we do not have figures of consumption or CO2 (183-213 g / km) which make this Ghibli an ecological bonus hunter. . Let’s see it as a nice alibi for a passionate purchase, without further sacrificing technology. That’s not bad.
The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid starts at € 74,400.