What is it?
Maserati is a manufacturer on the move when it comes to sales. Back in 2012 it was selling around 6000 cars globally, but it wants to be selling 70,000 by 2018. That's a believable target given that the car maker moved around 33,000 units in 2015 - and that's before the new Levante SUV arrives later in 2016. For now, its best-selling model is the Ghibli, and more than 90% of those sold are the Diesel model we're driving here.
To give a little more context, the Ghibli range still consists of three models: the entry-level 271bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, the standard 345bhp 3.0 V6 Ghibli, which uses a Ferrari-sourced engine, and the more - and most - powerful 404bhp Ghibli S, fitted with the same, but uprated, motor. The lesser petrol now gets 20bhp more than before and a higher top speed, while all engines benefit from an improved torque curve and come with a more responsive eight-speed ZF automatic.
There have been more considerable changes inside and to equipment. Most notable is a new 8.4in colour touchscreen infotainment system, which has a much higher resolution display, features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and can also be controlled via a BMW iDrive-type click-and-twist rotary controller just behind the gear selector. Safety tech such as lane departure, blind spot monitoring, city braking, cross traffic and a 360deg surround view is now available, too.
Behind that new screen and centre console lies better insulation, which, combined with improved floor mats and carpet, is intended to make the Ghibli a more relaxing place in which to while away the miles.