Italian automotive icon, Maserati has vowed to revamp its fleet of performance luxury vehicles, kicking off with a bold, new release; the 2021 Maserati Ghibli Hybrid. Representing one of the most ambitious projects from the marque manufacturer, the Ghibli Hybrid follows the previous announcement of a new engine for the MC20 super sports car, further cementing 2020 as the year Maserati switched gears.
From a design perspective, the new 2021 Maserati Ghibli Hybrid takes many of its visual cues from previous incarnations, albeit with a electrified blue hue. According to the Italian firm, the colour was chosen to identify all cars with hybrid technology and “the world they represent”. The characteristics are continued through the exterior, most notably with the three side air ducts and brake calipers, along with the addition of a blue thunderbolt in the oval that encloses the Trident on the rear pillar. A few new stylistic contents also make an appearance, starting with the new front grille, with bars redesigned to represent a tuning fork, a musical device shaped not unlike the Trident symbol itself. Additionally, the light clusters have been completely restyled, with a boomerang-like profile inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.
But while the new Maserati Ghibli Hybrid is a sight for sore eyes, it’s what is under the hood that has fans champing at the bit. The Italian icon has opted for a hybrid solution that reportedly offers improved performance, while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption and emissions. According to Maserati, the hybrid technology “exploits kinetic energy the car accumulates when in motion, recovering it and transforming it into electricity during deceleration and braking, and storing it in a battery”. What that means is that the 4-cylinder 2.0-litre engine benefits from the 48-volt alternator and additional electric supercharger to create a new-style of powertrain. The Ghibli hasn’t sacrificed performance to make it happen either. The new hybrid puts out 330hp and 450 Nm of torque, with the data suggesting this latest incarnation will go 0 to 100kmh in 5.7 seconds, maxing out at a top speed of 255kmh.
It’s a good move for Maserati. The previous 3.0-litre V6 version of the Ghibli, while slightly more powerful, put out around 25 per cent more CO2 than this new hybrid. Additionally, the latest variation is around 175 pounds lighter, a fact helped by the by rear-position of the battery.
While it’s not the boldest EV design we’ve seen in recent years, the new Maserati Ghibli Hybrid does kick-start a new era for the heritage firm, one we are personally, looking very much forward to. The brand’s first all-electric cars will be the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio, scheduled for 2021.