Light visual tweaks and new trim levels will accompany engine upgrades for Maserati’s four-door rival to the BMW 5 Series

Maserati has revealed its facelifted Ghibli at the Chengdu motor show in China, showing how the car will look before it arrives on roads early next year.

As shown by newly released pictures, the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class rival gets restyled bumpers at both ends and a new front grille.

Little has changed inside because the model was recently updated with a new infotainment system and dashboard design. That said, the 2018 model does gain a raft of new tech to improve performance and luxury.

New for the facelifted Ghibli is Integrated Vehicle Control, which is claimed to enhance the car's dynamic abilities while maintaining the safety net of ESP.

The car also swaps hydraulic power steering for an electric system, which integrates with driver assist technology such as Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist. Along with Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition, these features come as part of the optional Driver Assistance package.

Like its sibling, the larger Quattroporte, the Ghibli gains GranLusso and GranSport trims (pictured above). The trims will replace the current car’s Luxury and Sport trims. However, prices for them shouldn’t change drastically, meaning the entry-level car will start at about £50,000.

The car’s 3.0-litre V6 diesel and petrol powertrains were recently given extra power, but Maserati has ramped up the output of the latter further with an additional 20bhp and 22lb ft, bringing the figures up to 424bhp and 428lb ft. The diesel sticks with its 271bhp and offers 47.9mpg combined.

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31 January 2017
They promised a twin turbo diesel at launch . . .

XXXX just went POP.

24 August 2017

Maserati have just discontinued diesel Levante SUVs in most markets and as the Daily Telegraph reported last week many diesel PCP and Lease contract customers are going to find their cars will be in "negative equity" causing huge problems for the customers and manufacturers as the market for diesels looks like it will collapse in the next couple of years. Autocar need to face up to the new reality as diesels get forced off the road. 

29 August 2017

I always found the droopy faced chinless-wonder Elmer Fudd look of the original rather out-of-kilter with the bold, thrusting image they presumably wanted to promote. This is better. 

29 August 2017
The paragraph telling us about swapping hydraulic for electric power steering is all sad and 100% irrelevant.

Otherwise looks ok.

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