A Plug-In Hybrid Maserati Ghibli? Maybe.
Maserati is boldly racing into the future with their confirmed, and somewhat speculated, plan for the next couple of years.
A big part of this plan for Maserati’s future will be the eight plug-in hybrid models and four electric cars that will consider the growing CO2 emission restrictions and compete in the ever-expanding hybrid/electric market. It was all set to start with the reveal of the new plug-in hybrid Maserati Ghibli at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show on 21 April. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 has meant that this event has been postponed with the new dates yet to be released. With the further cancellation of the Geneva Road Show, it truly is a mystery when the introduction of the new Ghibli to the general public will take place, but one thing is for sure – we are very much looking forward to it.
What We Do Know
Maserati’s new hybrid and electrified powertrains are all part of the parent company, Fiat Chrysler’s 5-year plan that was revealed in 2018. New models for all the biggest brands, electrification, and level 3 autonomy were detailed, and Fiat Chrysler has also invested millions in improving Maserati’s Mirafiori facility to accommodate electric vehicle production. Thus far, Maserati has not failed to provide on the promise Al Gardener, Maserati’s North American Production CEO, made to give consumers something new to talk about every four to six months for the next couple of years. While it is still awaiting its official debut, the hybrid Maserati Ghibli is one topic of hot conversation for all the right reasons.
Hybrid Maserati Ghibli
The smallest Ghibli that is currently available is the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 345 horsepower. When the Ghibli test car was recently spotted in snowy conditions, it had a 2.0-liter engine producing 330 horsepower. Although this test car didn’t have a charging port, we can only assume that this will be what we have under the hood of the new hybrid Maserati Ghibli. Although there doesn’t seem to be any real changes to the external aesthetics of the new Ghibli, it will probably boast with an updated dashboard display as well as an upgrade in the infotainment system that was announced by Fiat Chrysler for all their models.
As Maserati embraces the future, a plan to install level 3 autonomy is in the works. The hybrid Maserati Ghibli will probably still have the level 2 autonomy system we are used to, but updated models might be able to bring themselves to a complete stop at the side of the road should there be a problem. However, in many situations, these level 3 Maserati will still need to give control back to the driver when a problem occurs.