Maserati Ghibli facelift unveiled, refreshed design, more power and tech

Shortly after releasing initial photos of the facelifted Maserati Ghibli GranLusso and GranSport, the Italian carmaker’s best-selling vehicle has made its grand debut at the 2017 Chengdu Motor Show. The updated sports sedan gets a host of new tech, slight power bump and new Advanced Driving Assistance Systems.

The updated Ghibli now gets minor revisions to its front and rear bumpers to substantially improve its aerodynamic efficiency. Separating the sporty themed GranSport from the elegant-oriented GranLusso are the more aggressive bumper design, blacked out wing mirrors and unique interior trims. All variants of the Ghibli now feature adaptive full LED headlamps.

Mechanically, the Ferrari built 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 in the hotter Ghibli S variant gets a slight power increase of 20 hp and 30 Nm, bringing the total output to 430 hp and 580 Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the rear-wheels or all-four wheels with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system equipped. Transmission remains an eight-speed ZF automatic.

The Ghibli S Q4 will sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, down 0.1 seconds from before. Top speed for the two-wheel- and all-wheel drive Ghibli S is raised to 286 km/h. Maserati has also replaced the hydraulic steering with an Electric Powered unit which allows for the integration of the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems. A new Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) which allows the driver to alter the vehicles Electronic Stability Programme also made its debut with the updated Ghibli.

A host of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems including Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition also made its way to the updated Ghibli range.

Locally, Naza Italia has the pre-facelift Maserati Ghibli and Ghibli S on sale for RM619k and RM709k respectively. If you fancy a swanky new LED headlamps and extra grunt, hold on to your cheque books for now because you can bet that the facelift Ghiblis will make its way to our shores soon enough.



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