The all-new Maserati Ghibli Hybrid has arrived in Australia, marking the Trident brand’s first steps into the world of electrification.

Maserati tells us it has chosen a hybrid solution focused primarily on improving performance, while also reducing fuel consumption and cutting emissions.

The powertrain uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with a 48-volt alternator and an additional electric supercharger “e-Booster”, supported by a battery. The battery is mounted in the rear of the Ghibli, giving it the added benefit of improved weight distribution.

Maximum power output of 330hp and torque of 450Nm delivered from just 1,500rpm. Top speed of is 255km/h and acceleration from zero to 100km/h is 5.7 seconds.

Maseratis are famed for their engine sound and the Hybrid has an optimised exhaust, which includes specially designed resonators. We have yet to experience this but will get into a road test car and give our opinions on the engine sound.

Ghibli Hybrid has a new design of both exterior and interior. Developed by the Centro Stile Maserati is the blue colour, “Chosen to identify all cars with hybrid technology and the new world they represent.”

Blue is used on three iconic side air ducts, the brake calipers and the thunderbolt in the oval that encloses the Trident on the rear pillar. Inside are blue embroidered seams on the seats.

Ghibli Hybrid has a new front grille with bars, “Redesigned to represent a tuning fork, a musical device that emits a sound of extreme purity, and which also evokes the Trident symbol itself.”

The light clusters have been restyled, with a boomerang-like profile inspired by the Maser 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.

The multimedia system’s HD screen, with new graphics, more user-friendly and without surrounds, is increased in size from 8″4 to 10″1.

The all-new Ghibli Hybrid has a recommended retail price of $139,990 (excluding on roads costs), while the Ghibli Hybrid GranLusso and GranSport variants start at a recommended retail price of $163,990 (excluding on road costs). All are available to order now from your nearest Maserati Dealer.

“The Ghibli Hybrid marks the first tangible steps in Maserati’s new era,” says Grant Barling the Maserati General Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “It paves the way for a range of new products to define and distinguish a new dawn for the brand.”

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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