When a car gets some form of electrification, the usual intent is to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. That is partially what Maserati wants to achieve with the hybrid version of its Ghibli luxury sedan. The other thing that the Italian automaker also guarantees is that its eco-friendly cruiser is as fun to drive as anything in its stable.
Under the Ghibli Hybrid’s hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a 48V alternator in a mild-hybrid setup. While the car cannot run in full-electric mode, it does have an electric supercharger which Maserati claims is the only one in its class. The combined power and torque figures are 330hp and 450Nm, respectively—good for a 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds.
Even with the revolutionary powertrain, the Ghibli Hybrid’s styling update is quite subtle with blue interior and exterior trim pieces that indicate the car’s energy-saving technology. There are also redesigned grille slats and taillight accents that resemble those of the 3200 GT. It does have a Maserati Intelligent Assistant infotainment system fitted with Maserati Connect. This is the brand’s in-house connected-cars software, which debuts on the Ghibli Hybrid.
According to Maserati, its goals for an electrified future go far beyond just making hybrid versions of its current gasoline and diesel models. Slated for launch in 2021, the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio will completely do away with the internal-combustion engine.