“Ghibli Hybrid” is the first electrified car made by Maserati
Maserati was in the headlines for the brand new Super Sports Car-the MC20. It will also be the first car to implement a new engine, designed, produced, and manufactured 100 percent by Maserati itself. Now the Italian carmaker has unveiled the Ghibli Hybrid, the first electrified vehicle in the history of Maserati.
The car will be assembled at Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP) in Grugliasco (Turin) from next September, built by the Maserati engineering lab at Modena. The first all-electric cars from the company are to be the next GranTurismo and GranCabrio, scheduled for 2021.
The new Ghibli Hybrid represents one of Maserati’s most ambitious projects, which is now putting the seal on another step into the brand’s new age after the launch of the latest engine for the MC20 super sportscar. The decision to incorporate the hybrid technology on the Ghibli sedan is no mistake as it perfectly reflects the Heritage of the brand, with more than 100,000 units produced since its launch in 2013.
Indeed Maserati ‘s challenge was to reach the electrification environment without altering the core ideology and values of the company. Consequently, the carmaker promises to have created the best hybrid possible that will retain the unmistakable sound that has always distinguished every Maserati.
The Ghibli Hybrid will be distinguished by a blue hue that will cover the three side air ducts, the brake calipers, and the circular thunderbolt that encloses the Trident on the back pillar. Inside the car reappears the same blue color, in particular on the seats’ embroidered seams.
The new Ghibli Hybrid is also adding new styling bits with bars revamped to reflect a tuning fork, beginning from the new front grille. Significant changes are taking place at the back of the car, where the light clusters were completely restyled, with a boomerang-like profile inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.
Maserati chose a hybrid solution focused primarily on performance improvement, while also reducing fuel consumption and reducing emissions. The hybrid technology uses the kinetic energy that the car accumulates while in motion, recovering it and converting it during deceleration and acceleration into electricity, and storing it in a battery.
The powertrain incorporates an internal combustion engine (4 cylinders, turbo, 2.0 l displacement) with a 48-volt alternator and an extra, battery-supported electric supercharger (e-Booster). This approach is unique in its category and is the first in a new powertrain generation. The system was paired with an automatic 8-speed ZF-sourced transmission, and the Ghibli Hybrid remains a rear-wheel driven car.
The battery is mounted in the rear of the vehicle, with advantages in terms of better weight distribution. As a consequence, this variant weighs about 80 kg less than the Petrol. The system is rated for a 330 hp power output and a 450 Nm torque produced from only 1,500 rpm, enabling the new Ghibli Hybrid to reach a top speed of 255 km / h and to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.7 seconds.
To adhere to the core values of the brand, the exhaust system of the Ghibli Hybrid gets specially crafted resonators that promise to produce the unmistakable sound that characterizes all models of Maserati.
The debut with the Ghibli Hybrid is the new Maserati Connect system that allows for a continuous link with the car to enhance the services the driver has to give. The program conducts vehicle checks as well as upgrading the software packages, and controls the traffic and emergency services in emergencies.
The Maserati Intelligent Assistant multimedia system is state-of-the-art, based on Android Automotive digital inputs, software that delivers an innovative, fully customizable user experience to the driver’s personal preferences. The HD screen for the multimedia system is increased in size from 8″4 to 10″1 with new graphics, more user-friendly, and without surrounds. The instrument panel with digital devices and new graphics is also something new.
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