More than a year after making its global debut, the 2022 Maserati Ghibli Hybrid has finally reached the Philippines. The Italian luxury brand’s first-ever electrified model promises to provide that signature Maserati sporty DNA but with the environmental performance expected from an electrified vehicle.
The choice to introduce the hybrid technology on the Ghibli sedan is no coincidence. This model, with over 100,000 units produced since its launch in 2013, perfectly embodies the Modena-based manufacturer’s DNA.
In fact, the challenge facing Maserati was to enter the world of electrification without altering the brand’s core philosophy and values. What’s more, Ghibli Hybrid will retain the unmistakable sound that has always distinguished every Maserati despite its degree of electrification.
The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid sets itself apart from its non-hybrid models through its subtle blue highlights. This includes blue side ducts and brake calipers. Representing Maserati’s step towards electrification is a blue thunderbolt that’s been added to the trident badge at the rear pillar.
As for the rest of the exterior design, the Italian luxury automaker has taken this opportunity to also give the Ghibli lineup a facelift. Upfront, the grille’s design is inspired by tuning forks, which Maserati says “is a musical device that emits a sound of extreme purity.” At the back, the Ghibli also gets a new pair of LED taillights. It now has a boomerang-like profile inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.
As with every Maserati product, the interior is luxurious and filled with premium materials. The same blue highlights from the exterior are also seen inside. Drivers will appreciate the new Maserati Intelligent Assistant infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touch screen. Its user interface is based on Android Automotive–the second automaker to do so after Volvo’s sister company Polestar. This means that the user interface is fully customizable and responsive to the driver’s inputs.
The main highlight of the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid is its powertrain. It uses a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline engine and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Total system output is at 330 hp and 450 Nm delivered from just 1,500 rpm. With these figures, the Ghibli Hybrid is able to sprint from zero to 100 kph in just 5.7 seconds. Top speed, meanwhile, is at 255 kph.
The 2022 Maserati Ghibli is now available for test drives and viewing at the Modena Motorsports showroom in Bonifacio Global City, with pricing only available upon request.