Italian luxury marque Maserati chose the Chengdu Motor Show in China as the place to unveil the latest update to its entry-level Ghibli sedan. The 2018 Maserati Ghibli has undergone some styling changes and added more tech to strengthen its credentials against the dominant German brands.
For 2018, Maserati has a new naming strategy for Ghibli models. The three model range will now be designated, Ghibli, Ghibli GranLusso and Ghibli GranSport. These names replace the boring and uninspiring Ghibli Diesel, Ghibli and Ghibli S.
Maserati will continue to offer the Ghibli will petrol and diesel engines that are now designated as Ghibli Turbo Diesel, Ghibli and Ghibli S. The Maranello built Ferrari 3.0-litre V6 Twin Turbo engine, the Ghibli S, now delivers 20 bhp more power at 430 bhp and 30Nm more torque at 580Nm. This translates to an increase in the maximum speed up to 286km/h.
The GranLusso will have a luxury focus while the GranSport will look to connect with Maserati’s sporting heritage.
Features of the Ghibli GranLusso include enhanced exterior finishes and Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery inside while the Ghibli GranSport capitalizes on a sportier stance with a more aggressive exterior and unique interior features.
Both trim levels include adaptive full LED headlights with glare-free Matrix high-beam to create a distinctive look.
There is also a new Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC), part of the car’s ESP and Electric Power Steering (EPS) which enhance the driving dynamics.
An upgrade from the hydraulic steering system to an electric power steering alternative means the new Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS), which includes Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, is now available. This is complemented by Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition to make up the Driver Assistance package.
The 2018 Maserati Ghibli is expected in Australia early in 2018 with pricing and specifications to be announced around this time.
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