The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid is the carmaker's first step towards electrification.
This is the new Maserati Ghibli Hybrid which has a 48 V hybrid system mated with an Alfa Romeo engine to produce 330bhp.
It's the first electrified Maserati - though it's not all-electric - and the Italian carmaker is making a lot of noise about the car's debut.
Under the bonnet of this executive saloon is a four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine - it is the same one found in the Alfa Romeo Giulia but has been 'adapted' with a redesign to deliver more power and torque. Drivers get an impressive 450Nm of torque to enjoy.
The Maserati hybrid system consists of a belt starter generator and a small battery. The system recovers energy from the car's progress and transforms it into electricity during braking and deceleration before storing it in a battery.
The result is a car that will sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds and then onto a top speed of 158mph. The power is delivered using an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new hybrid replaces the firm's V6 diesel offering and fuel economy for the hybrid will be around 33mpg, though this figure is still to be finalised.
Maserati says that the hybrid not only weighs less than the V6 Ghibli equivalent but also delivers around 25% less CO2.
The firm says that rather than opting for full electrification, they wanted to keep the car's weight as low as possible which means choosing the 48 V mild hybrid system rather than choosing a plug-in hybrid as a more sensible choice.
The exterior of the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid has been refreshed with dark blue exterior details and the interior has been given a makeover too.
The new offering sees the introduction of Maserati's new generation of infotainment system so drivers get a 10-inch touchscreen for the car’s entertainment functions and various controls.
The grille has also been tweaked and the exhaust system has also been altered to deliver an ‘unmistakable sound’ without it being artificially enhanced.
There will be two trim levels available, the GranLusso – which is the luxurious option - and the GranSport.
The new Maserati Ghibli Hybrid will reach our showrooms in the autumn and is available to order now with prices starting at £58,220, though it may make more sense to lease the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid instead.
Industry watchers say that Maserati is also planning to add its hybrid system to the Levante and the Quattroporte and, no doubt, news of these additions will be revealed soon.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
Although beneficial to the environment, ‘Green Cars’ are also beneficial from a taxation view. The lower a vehicle’s emissions banding, the lower the taxation placed against it. Many manufacturers have tapped in to this ever-growing market with their own offerings, however, Volvo were the first manufacturer to state that every one of their models will be either electric or hybrid options from 2019.