Maserati goes mild with first electrified powertrain

Maserati Ghibli hybrid

MASERATI'S lovely Ghibli saloon has never quite muscled in on the 'executive' saloon car territory pretty much owned by the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class trio, writes William Scholes.

More's the pity, perhaps. A Maserati is a far more beguiling proposition than a German taxi, but there you have it.

Anyway, a low-profile hasn't stopped Maserati tinkering with the Ghibli, which first arrived in 2013.

The latest update is a substantial one, centred on giving the car a hybrid drivetrain - an essential in its part of the market.

It's a mild-hybrid system, so offers only a gentle application of electrification. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol turbo engine works with a 48-volt alternator; harvested energy gets stored in a rear-mounted battery, from where it is deployed to, among other things, power an electric supercharger.

It's a unique solution for cars in the '5 Series class' and certainly seems to yield performance figures very much in keeping with Maserati's reputation: 326bhp and a chunky 332lb.ft of torque should be ample. The 0-62mph time is quoted as 5.7 seconds.

Official fuel consumption and CO2 figures have yet to be announced - expect WLTP figures of around 35mpg and 190g/km, however.

The mild-hybrid Ghibli replaces the diesel-engined version.

You can order one now - prices start at £58,220.

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