Maserati is one of the world's most acclaimed car brands. Originally established in 1914, the Italian luxury car manufacturer has served the auto industry for more than 100 years now. The company has been renowned for models such as the GranTursimo. One of the brand's highlights include the Maserati Ghibli, which is an executive saloon that was released just recently in 2013. The model was unveiled to the public originally in the 2013 Shanghai Motor show. The external structure of the model shares the template of the company's another famous models, the Quattroporte. In India the model is available only in one variant. It is powered by a V6 diesel engine that makes for enhanced performance and decent fuel efficiency as well. The top speed set by the car is 250kmph while the time span to race from 0 to 100kmph is 6.3 seconds.
Coming to the interior arrangement, the company has decorated the cabin with a range of rich elements. There is premium leather upholstery that is further available with added personalization options for the most plush feel. The interior detailing includes various packages of fine materials from Open-pore radica wood, Rovere Chiaro wood and a variety of other options. Headlining is also present, and there are lavish touches about the entire space, from the door panels to the gear knob and the upper and lower dashboard sections. Beside all of this, the seats are present with electrical adjustment facilities, lumbar support and an array of added facilities for the convenience of the occupants. A premium stereo unit adds entertainment value to the interiors. It comes along with an array of sophisticated facilities that promote passenger satisfaction. The exterior outfit of the vehicle carries a blend of sporty elegance and luxurious themes. A variety of sound detailing factors furnish the model's exteriors, giving it excellent visual quality.
Its exterior outfit is embellished with solid paint. At the front, it bears the company's characteristic radiator grille, with concave vertical fillets that evoke the design of the current Gran Turismo and the company's classic, the A6GCS Berlinetta. The company's signature trident marque is present over the grille, making a bold design statement at the front facet. Present on either side of this, there are sleek headlamp clusters that come with intricate detailing that includes LED daytime running lights, giving added visibility when driving. The vehicle's hood adds muscle to its looks, with clean lines that further distinguish it. Coming to the side facet, there are sleek, flowing lines that converge towards the rear section, adding zest to the model's expression. The chrome-line exterior trim highlights the vehicle's stylish personality. The triangular C-pillar feature and the frame-less door windows also emphasize its unique persona. The exterior mirrors are electrically adjustable, foldable and heated. The company has also equipped them with LED turn lights. This model series is gifted with 18-inch alloy wheels, but customers can opt for a set of stylish alloy wheels offered by the company. The tail section of the car is balanced with a more toned presence. The tapered design of the boot appears as a harmonious continuation of the cabin. The tail lamps are of a crisp, attractive design, and they host LED systems as well for safety needs. At the bottom of the rear section, the twin dual-pipe exhaust system comes in chrome-plated stainless steel.
The vehicle's exterior dimensions strike a harmonious overall picture, as it has an overall length of 4971mm, and its width including the side mirrors is 2100mm. The sporty machine's low profile leaves its height at 1461mm. Its wheelbase is 2998mm, and this enables a spacious and comfortable interior arrangement with ample room for the passengers. Its front track comes to 1635mm, while its rear track is 1653mm. Its front overhang is 935mm, while its rear overhang is 1038mm.
The interior arrangement makes for good space and comfort, while at the same time, including luxury themes for a more enjoyable ride ambiance. Leather upholstery covers the seats, giving a plush environment for the occupants. In addition to this, there are Poltrona Frau leather upholstery packages that can be availed for decorating the seats, instrument cowl, upper and lower dashboard sections, door armrests, upper and central door panels. Fabric headlining adds to the luxurious theme of the cabin, and a Alcantara headlining is also offered as an option. Its cabin has interior details come with a metallic-effect dark mirror trim. The driver gets the benefit of a multifunction three spoke steering wheel. For added cabin quality, this and gear knob come in fine Poltrona Frau leather. There are sports pedals in brushed stainless steel as well. Aside from all of these, the company is offering a wealth of personalization options for customers' benefit. An Open-pore Rovere Chiaro wood trim is available, along with a High-gloss Ebano wood trim and a High-gloss carbon fibre trim for the most exuberant effect.
Firstly, the steering column comes with manual height adjustment and reach adjustment functions for added ease for the driver. As a standard fitment, this model gets a 6 way electrical adjustment function for the driver's side, while providing the front passenger with a 4 way manually adjustable seat. The standard audio system consists of 8 speakers in this model, providing apt sound quality for the passengers. It is also blessed with an aluminum key fob that comes along with a keyless go functions, inclusive of lock/unlock buttons, boot opening, and a control for the exterior light. User convenience is further enhanced with a quick user guide provision. This comes with a DVD interactive user guide for a more elevated experience. The windows are made of high thermal laminated glass that is also noise insulated for optimal passenger convenience. Mounted on the dashboard is a Maserati design clock, keeping passengers aware of the time. The front armrest has a twin mechanical opening function, while the rear armrest comes with storage compartment and cup holders for added utility purposes. Beside this list of standard comfort arrangements, the company is providing an extensive range of added options. Firstly, the steering wheel can be availed with a heated function, and the front seats can be ordered with seat ventilation facility for added comfort for the occupants. The steering column is offered with a power height and reach adjustment function. There is a driver glove box, along with a passenger glove box. Map pockets are present by the front and rear doors, and there are net pockets by the back of the seats. Armrests are present at the front and rear, promoting a strain free drive for the occupants. The boot is present with a 12V charging socket, thereby offering passengers the benefit of charging their devices within the car. The automatic windscreen wiper comes with a rain sensor for convenience during wet weathers. Additional options that can be availed include a WiFi hotspot within the vehicle, which offers INTERNET accessibility within the cabin.
The company has given the customer the convenience of a 500-litre boot capacity. In addition to this, it has a fuel tank capable of storing 80-litre for added feasibility and reduced halts at fuel stations.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The car's powerful engine takes it to a top speed of 250kmph, and propells it from stall to 100kmph within 6.3 seconds.
Engine and Performance
Powering this model series is a 3.0-litre V6 engine. It consists of six cylinders put together, is equipped with twin inter-coolers for better functioning. Furthermore, the company has modelled the engine with a twin turbo system that features a variable geometry unit for reduced inertia and turbo lag. Its high pressure direct fuel injection system makes for efficiency in fuel consumption and improved mileage. Additionally, there is a lightweight exhaust system with an air valve system, making for efficiency in performance. The engine is paired with an 8 speed ZF automatic transmission that enables smooth shifting. Coming to the specifications, the engine displaces 2979cc. Its can produce a maximum power output of 405bhp at 5500rpm, while its torque is 550Nm at 4500rpm to 5500rpm.
Run under diesel, this vehicle enjoys a sound fuel economy. It presents a mileage value of 16.9kmpl which is great considering its performance qualities.
Power of Maserati Ghibli
The diesel engine has a displacement of 2987cc. Furthermore, the drive-train gives a power of 271bhp at 4000rpm, alongside a torque of 600Nm at 2000rpm to 2600rpm.
Stereo & Accessories
For the entertainment needs of the occupants, there is a Maserati Touch Control (MTC) system that is standard for this model. It comes along with a 8.4-inch touchscreen display for a satisfactory experience. Aside from this, it features a vast range of facilities like DAB radio, audio and video players with CD slots and an SD card reader for optimal user convenience. External devices can be hosted through a USB port and an Aux-in facility. Bluetooth connectivity is another highlight of the cabin, enabling users to stream music through their devices and for hosting calls within the car as well. The passengers get the benefit of a 7 inch color cluster display that features an on-board computer/driver information system for maximum comfort value. Available as an option is a Satellite navigation system, which relieves the driver with a well directed, hassle free driving experience. Also available as options are a Premium audio system that comes along with 10 speakers, and a Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround System that features 15 speakers. The cabin is also suited with storage compartments to fulfill the occupants' needs.
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Braking & Handling
The braking arrangement consists of 6-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers at the front, that come along with dual-cast ventilated drilled discs. For the rear, there are 4-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers, also present with ventilated discs. A sports suspension set up makes for added ride stability. The front axle is armed with a double wishbone system, while the rear axle has a five arm multi link system for improved handling quality. In addition to this, there is an ICE system, which is an auto adaptive software that further enhances ride stability.
Safety & Security
Bi-Xenon light systems are present for this model, making for a safe and visible ride. In addition to this, there are daytime running lights, along with LED tail lamps and a third stop light by the rear window for stricter security measures. The car also features several airbags that can safeguard the occupants. The front seatbelts come with pre-tensioners and load limiters for a more secure drive quality. Aside from all of this, a tyre pressure monitoring system keeps the driver informed of the car's tyre condition, minimizing hazards that arise from low condition tyres. There are a range of advanced technology aids that further enforce safety for the vehicle. Firstly, the model features a Maserati Stability Programme that comes with the anti lock braking system, the electronic brake-force distribution system, acceleration slip regulation and Maserati drag torque control for firmest drive stability. An electronic parking brake is also present, giving added security when parking. A hill holder facility builds safety on sloping and hazardous grounds. The car also provides a tyre sealing compound in case of scenarios where the tyre bursts, and this comes along with an electrical air compressor for added convenience. Lastly, a brake assistance system gives added safety when braking and cornering. There is an optional alarm system which includes an electronic immobilizer and anti-lift device, giving safety to the vehicle as well.
Like mentioned above, this model series gets 18-inch alloy wheels that are machine polished, and with a Vulcano design for the best look. Additional options include wheels sizes ranging from 19 inch to 21 inch as well.
1. Attractive exterior format and look.
2. Good performance qualities.
3. Its fuel economy is rather impressive.
4. A host of personalization options available.
5. Strong safety factor.
1. Low ground clearance is a disadvantage.
2. It is not as sporty in looks as some other models of the company.
3. The standard comfort features could use a boost.
4. Its carries a tall price tag.
5. Presence of authorized service stations needs to improve.
Maserati Ghibli price
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