Maserati has unveiled its first ever hybrid as the trident brand enters the world of electrification.
The new Maserati 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.
Maserati has chosen a hybrid solution focused primarily on improving performance.
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, combines a four cylinder, two litre turbocharged engine with a 48 volt alternator and an additional electric supercharger supported by a battery mounted at the rear.
This version weighs about 80 kg less than the diesel equivalent.
Power comes out at 330 hp and 450 Nm of torque, delivered from just 1,500 rpm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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