2018 Maserati Ghibli range gains two new additions as GranSport and GranLusso have their own distinctive characteristics
Maserati has today introduced the 2018 version of its Ghibli in the Indian market. The best-selling sedan for the Italian brand globally has received exterior updates while keeping the trademark essence of its predecessor. The new Ghibli vows to deliver with its powered-packed luxury and a restyled body. In a bid to offer more choices to customers, GranLusso and GranSport are the two new variants added in the model range.
With distinctive characteristics on their own, the Ghibli GranLusso has enhanced exterior finish and an option of luxurious Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery. The Ghibli GranSport is built on Maserati’s racing heritage and resultantly has sportier exterior and interior contents. Powered by the first diesel engine in Maserati’s history, the 2018 Ghibli uses a 3.0-litre V6 with Common-Rail direct injection exclusively developed by in collaboration with VM Motori.
The Euro 6 homologated engine features AdBlue technology and Auto Start-Stop for reduced overall fuel consumption while the CO2 emission goes down by up to 6 percent. Additionally, an Active Sound System is claimed to give “a thrilling exhaust growl”. The oil-burner puts out 275 hp while managing CO2 rating of 158 g/km.
It has combined fuel consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 km and Maserati says the 70-litre tank ensures a long range of over 1,000 km aiding in customers’ long-distance travel desires. The Ghibli makes maximum torque of 600 Nm at 2,000-2,600 rpm with over-boost turbocharging. It can do 0 to 100 kmph in just 6.3 seconds before topping out 250 kmph.
Developed at Maserati’s Design Centre in Turin, the new trims comprise of reworked front and rear bumpers and they are aerodynamically optimised with efficiency improved by 7 percent and drag coefficient reduced to 0.29 from 0.31. The new Ghibli is the first Maserati to gain standard Adaptive full LED headlights with glare free Matrix high-beam and is available in both GranLusso and GranSport.
Apart from that, the important standard equipment for India includes the Skyhook suspension system. The 2018 Maserati Ghibli also has Integrated Vehicle Control system (IVC) to prevent vehicle instability and provide enhanced active safety along with improved driving dynamics and more performance. The all-new Electric Power Steering (EPS) is claimed to improve the vehicle’s handling and comfort as well while the new active functions of the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) are another welcoming addition.
The 2018 standard Ghibli diesel is priced at Rs. 13,387,856 and it goes up to Rs. 13,881,858 for the GranSport and Rs. 14,247,814 for the range-topping GranLusso (all prices, ex-showroom). Following the arrival of the Quattroporte GTS and Levante SUV earlier this year, the Ghibli range is the new addition to the renewed 2018 vehicle fleet of Maserati.