Maserati Ghibli Facelift Revealed With New Name And Autonomous Driving Tech

Maserati has released the first pictures of the facelifted and renamed Ghibli.

Set to debut at the Chengdu Motor Show on August 25th, the Ghibli GranLusso features a new front bumper, a revised grille, and additional chrome accents. Moving further back, the model has been equipped with body-color side skirts and “GranLusso” badging on the front fenders.

The rear of the car receives a minor refreshing that includes the installation of a new bumper and a body-colored rear extractor. Maserati says this gives the model a “sharper look” than its predecessor.

While the styling changes are modest, Maserati says they provide a “substantial improvement” in aerodynamic efficiency. They also help to usher in several new features including adaptive LED headlights with matrix high beams that promise to provide better illumination.

Speaking of technology updates, the Ghibli GranLusso will be offered with an assortment of new driver assistance systems. There’s no word on specifics but Maserati hinted the systems will allow the company to “enter the world of autonomous driving.”

Engine options are expected to carryover and include a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that has outputs of 350 PS (257 kW) and 410 PS (301 kW). There should also be a familiar 3.0-liter V6 diesel developing 275 PS (202 kW).

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  • europeon

    > renamed Ghibli

    Say what? GranLusso and GranSport are trim levels, what “renaming” are you talking about? This is demuro levels of misinformatiion.
    What you got here are the leaked pictures (the official announcement will follow) of a GranLusso trim car, the GranSport will follow, and the “normal” one will carry over the old bumpers design. The 2018 ordering guide was floating around the Internet for months, and it has all the info you need, including the power upgrades, trim, packages, and so on.

    • no25

      Most articles written by this guy are grammatically incorrect or contain misinformation. It’s annoying (maybe even offensive) they call themselves car enthusiasts/journalists.

  • TB

    Again….you can put lipstick on a pig…but that’s really not going to help any…

    • seriously

      shutup

      • TB

        Sorry…you own one? If so then REALLY sorry…because you got ripped off if you even paid a dollar. Or are you upset I may have offended pigs?

        • pjl35

          It’s funny because they clearly do NOT own one.

          • europeon

            Some of us actually do.

    • dragoneroscuro

      The lipstick on a pig? The Ghibli is not the Porsche Cayenne

      • TB

        Well can’t disagree with you on that. The Cayenne needs a new Snout and for whatever reason Porsche can’t seem to figure that out. That said though, the Cayenne can back it self up a bit more that the Ghibli. The Ghibili doesn’t handle great or has the power for a car with that kind of price tag.

  • matrem

    But the interior is its biggest flaw. Did that get fixed?

    • europeon

      What’s “the flaw” with the interior?

      • pjl35

        Looks cheap, shares pieces from the FCA parts bin, shall I go on?

        • europeon

          OK, I see now, you’re “one of those”. You have never seen or touched one in your life, but you’re somehow an expert.

          It looks cheap in your head, it “shares” the shape of the window control buttons, made from a material other FCA cars could only dream of, and if you spec it anything else but “poverty spec” it looks and feels like million bucks. You get real quality leather, wood and metal, everything tastefully blended togethet, something you’ll never get in your BMW, Audi or Mercedes unless you pay way over six figures. But sure, those four button that resemble the one Chrysler uses, make the car a POS, but a BMW with plastic dashboard, fake metal trimp and horrible vinyl sold as leather doesn’t bother anyone.

          • pjl35

            “made from a material other FCA cars could only dream of” …what? It’s called plastic. If you think they aren’t the same exact pieces you’re fooling yourself. And no, I’m not one of “those,” I’m also talking design. THIS center stack with the huge plastic surround, the glitzy name below the screen, and the extremely glossy wood around the center console that belongs in an old Buick does not look million bucks:
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/181f599aafe91115ff7f65202ba1bc6bc53c620cc90ef6b464e339b354ee00dc.jpg

          • europeon

            It’s coated plastic, and if you don’t like wood (which is real wood btw,) you can spec with with other materials like carbon fiber and dark piano. Also if you’d know something about Maserati’s tradition, you’ll realize that the “glitzy” name is something they’ve done in every car model.
            And yes, it got an interior facelift last year for those who don’t understand styling, just like you.

          • pjl35

            Still looks cheap.

          • europeon

            Sour grapes.

          • pjl35

            You’re the one arguing with me about it because you don’t like my opinion…

          • dragoneroscuro

            All owners of a Maserati? Here they are all rich

          • Mynameis Taylor

            Agreed

          • TB

            Hey isn’t that one of those fancy Jeep interiors? Oh no sorry…the Chrysler 200…my bad!

          • dragoneroscuro

            All german cars use technology from Magneti Marelli Group FCA: Audi, BMW, Mini, Porsche and Mercedes

          • Michelin

            Also a lot of F1 cars and Motogp bikes use Magneti MARELLI parts.
            Like Brembo brakes they are top tech in their market.
            All top german car use Brembo breaking systems.

          • Mynameis Taylor

            Sorry. It looks cheap with bad design

          • Michelin

            May be …you can still buy some shoes box made by some famous automakers ….

        • seriously

          shares parts with cheaper cars? lol so Rolls Royce Bentley and Lamborghini all look cheap than what an idiot tank top wearing jerk

          • pjl35

            Hahaha. Is this car your grandmother or something? Show me the pieces of the new Phantom’s interior that are shared with a 1 series please. Yes, a tank top is an article of clothing…congratulations on identifying it correctly.

        • Ed Ward

          Using Chrysler parts are ACTUALLY A HUGE UPGRADE FROM PREVIOUS MASERATI SEDANS, especially the electrical system.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Was waiting for you to say something dumb. Box ticked.

          • europeon

            Unfortunately, it’s the second time this week when he’s right.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Wait, wit? You’re saying he’s right?

          • europeon

            Well, he is. They are a huge upgrade, minus the styling and the engine character.

          • Six Thousand Times

            But that’s not as a result of legendary “Krysler kwality.” FCA has put more money into Maserati since the Biturbo days but taking anything out of a Dodge Avenger is never an upgrade.

          • europeon

            Maybe, but stuff that works it’s always a huge upgrade, and I’m talking upgrade from the days GranTurismo/QP5.

        • Deckard_Cain

          Considering that RAM is one of the most reliable brands and makes great high-end pick-upt trucks I fail to see the problem there.
          Considering that Chrysler and Dodge dominate and locked down the full size sedan market, I fail to see a problem with that. Considering that the uConnect infotainment is considered one of the best in the industry I fail to see the problem with that.
          Shall I go on?
          Do you complain that Bentley shares pieces from Audi and VW’s? Or is it just a problem when it’s an italian car?

          • pjl35

            You’re joking right? RAM was ranked DEAD LAST last year in brand reliability and the other FCA brands were near the bottom as well ( five of the last seven spots on the list were Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler , Fiat and Ram. http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/10/ram-ranks-last-in-consumer-reports-reliability-survey.html Chrysler and Dodge have 7-8 year old full-size sedans (basically all they’ve got now) in a SHRINKING full-size sedan market. Yeah, you should go on because you’re disproving your point.

          • Enter Ranting

            “Do you complain that Bentley shares pieces from Audi and VW’s?”

            Yes.

        • Enter Ranting

          Agreed. I sat in one at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and was surprised at how low-rent the interior is. There are Kias with more upscale interiors. This car is panned by every review I read or watch.

      • matrem

        Compared to the competition, it’s made of inferior-quality switchgear.

        • pjl35

          Be prepared, the crybabies below are coming for you.

        • europeon

          Ah, the demuro’s fart sniffing army is here.

          • pjl35

            lol you know how intelligent you and your bro above sound when all you can do is post sixth-grade level “insults” at people?

          • europeon

            Of course I know, but I have to get down to your level for you to understand.

          • pjl35

            Ha! I never said anything about YOU. I expressed a difference of opinion and you felt the need to whine at me about it. Perhaps you should rise to my level instead, boo.

          • Enter Ranting

            Well, he is a Trump supporter.

          • matrem

            Huh? I sat in one, and it just wasn’t up to snuff. Not sure what demuro has to do with it.

          • dragoneroscuro

            Demuro has nothing to do with cars. Because he does not understand anything about cars

          • matrem

            Again, what does this have to do with my comment?

  • Mark S

    Just how is that renaming? More like a new trim level. Are you guys even car people?

  • willhaven

    I love the Kia Cadenza rear end. Really exudes quality and prestige.

  • Kaisuke971

    They changed the nice angry face and made it more common but barely touched the rear that was ugly af…
    What a disappointment

    • europeon

      The GranSport trim will look better and more aggressive.

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    *Ugh* Maserati can do so much better. The Ghibli needs to be replaced, not updated. I hate how they’ve been turned into a BMW/MB/Audi competitor. Which is funny. Because cars that cost thousands less still outperform it. And offer WAY more tech/equipment.

    It’s a Maserati. It sounds good. It’s fashion over form. And I get that. But everytime I see one, I just beg the question “Why”. It might be like Alfa, though. People buy them with their heart.

    • Deckard_Cain

      Give it time. Maserati only now has reached acceptable levels of profitability thanks to the Levante. They had to work with the Chrysler RWD platform, engines and components and still managed to turn out a beautiful product considering that.
      Now that the Giorgio platform is here, they’ll be able to go nuts with the Ghibli and Quattroporte replacements and a new SUV slotted below the Levante.

      Also they have continuously improved the Ghbili every year. A 2018 Ghibli is leagues better than a 2013 one.
      In fact, if you go check sales performance in the US it’s catching up to the competing Lexus and Jaguar. Despite all the hate around these parts, it’s performing great.

  • Benjamin Daniel Benedict

    Still a sh*t car

    • dragoneroscuro

      Continue to drive a Toyota Prius

    • Michelin

      Please, give me that sheet car !!!! I will be happy to drive it.

  • Matt

    Why do people like to point out the obvious? A (relatively) low-volume Italian carmaker is never going to build an interior with the ‘quality’ of an automotive giant like VAG. Never has, probably never will.

    What it lacks in bespoke switches (because we all know Bentley has never used a VW Passat gearlever gate, ever…) it makes up for in more soft-touch leather surfacing and a pleasant ambiance as opposed to the sombre environment in a BMW or Audi.

    Despite it’s flaws (no doubt there are a few), the Ghibli still has real appeal and exciting driving dynamics. I guess until the day Maserati builds an actual clone of a BMW 5-series, it will always get a lot of heat for effectively not being ‘German’ enough.

    • Nordschleife

      Because people don’t think logically like you do. And what kills me is that most people who can afford an Maserati has not been in a Dart. I’d rather those switches be shared and proven to work than not. I remember when people were up in arms about the Tesla Model S using Mercedes Switchgear. People will never understand how much money goes into a vehicle.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I would hope they removed any remaining Chrysler bits from the cabin by now.

  • steve

    Still ugly as hell!

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    cringe at its worst, even japanese mid-size execs are better than these

  • Nissan Cima…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Not a renaming.

    And nice “facelift”, Maserati.

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