When Maserati revealed the Ghibli Hybrid last year, it marked the brand's shift towards electrification. For the first time in the Italian automaker's history, they now have an electrified model in their lineup; and it's now on its way to the Philippines.
Modena Motorsports Inc., the official distributor of Maserati in the country, has just announced that the Ghibli Hybrid will be launched next week. Slated to be revealed on October 27, the Ghibli Hybrid will serve as the automaker's first hybrid offering in the country.
What can we expect from the Ghibli Hybrid? For starters, don't expect to see a V6 under the hood of this hybrid. Instead, Maserati put a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that is paired to a 48-volt alternator with an electric supercharger. This makes this particular Ghibli a mild-hybrid that they claim can balance between performance and economy.
Despite producing 330 PS and 450 Nm of torque from the electrified powertrain, Maserati says they're aiming for 12.5 km/L at the most for the Ghibli Hybrid in mixed driving conditions. Even without a V6, don't think that this Ghibli is slow as it can go from 0 – 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic.
When it comes to design, the Ghibli Hybrid will look similar to the non-hybrid versions. But it does have some subtle differences that remind owners that this is an electrified Maserati. It gets a unique C-pillar badge where a blue lightning bolt strikes through the bottom of the trident, blue-colored brake calipers, and blue-painted fender vents.
Maserati also gave the Ghibli Hybrid a new front grille with more prominent slats and updated LED taillights that now resemble Boomerang taillights of the 3200 GT.
Interested to see the all-new Ghibli Hybrid make its local debut? Tune in at 7:00 PM at Maserati Philippines' official Facebook page on October 27 to witness the official launch.