Maserati Previews 2018 Ghibli Large Premium Sedan in Frankfurt
Italian super premium brand Maserati showed off a refreshed Ghibli large premium sporty sedan along with models that receive tweaks and technical upgrades this week in Frankfurt. Some ultra-lux accessories also debuted, at the Frankfurt Motor Show including—Bulgari Octo Maserati watches created for Maserati owners and Italian high-fashion menswear design collaborator Zegna’s travel collection clothing.
Initially launched in 2013, the 2018 Ghibli, Maserati’s best-seller globally and in the U.S., and the 2018 Levante midsize premium SUV will now be offered in GranLusso and Gransport trims with more advanced performance and safety technology, according to Maserati officials. The 2018 convertible variants also receive exterior and interior upgrades.
The refreshed 2018 Ghibli now features L-shaped adaptive full-LED headlights that first appeared in Maserati’s Quattroporte large premium sporty car line. Both Maserati large premium sporty sedans are equipped with 3.0-liter, V-6 engines that have been upgraded for increased performance and stability with Integrated Vehicle Control systems (IVC) developed with engineering firm Bosch.
Electric Power Steering (EPS) has also been added to the Ghibli and other models for improved handling and comfort. Maserati’s Design Center in Turin, Italy, also gives each 2018 Ghibli trim level its own identity. The Ghibli GranLusso now features elegant Ermenegildo Zegna-designed silk upholstery, while the GranSport receives chrome accents and restyled front and rear bumpers that improve aerodynamics.
Ghibli S and S Q4 variants’ powertrains have been retuned to deliver 424 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s an additional 20 horsepower and an extra 22 lb.-ft. of torque vs. the previous model’s engine. Maserati‘s Ghibli accelerates from 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 178. It’s even faster with all-wheel drive (AWD). New Advanced Driving Assistance Systems are optional and include highway assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitor, and traffic sign recognition.
Additionally, Maserati said the Levante, Maserati’s first SUV that launched in 2016, receives EPS and an advanced driver safety systems package, while Convertible 4-seat Coupe and Cabriolet receive new aerodynamic features with upgraded interiors plus new driver interface and new infotainment system.