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New Ghibli coming?

by Michael Volkmann on

The new Maserati Quattroporte swept the world and boosted Maserati sales dramatically. The Ghibli was a much more moderate success, despite having similar basics; but Maserati, according to our sources, set to fix that with a revised 2018 model.

The 2018 Ghibli is set to start production in July, with the first cars for sale in the US in September. Models will be Ghibli, Ghibli GranLusso, and Ghibli GranSport (that is, base, luxury, and sport). There will, though, be three versions of each – standard, S, and SQ4 (AWD).

The Pentastar-based, Ferrari-tweaked V6 will gain 20 horsepower, hitting 424 hp, on the S series. The current premium package (blind spot detection, front and rear parking sensors, and remote start) will be standard.  There will be luxury and sport models for all horsepower levels.

Electric power steering will replace the last of the hydraulic boost.

Cosmetic changes include new front and rear bumpers, with the luxury and sport trim having their own special bumpers; a new front grille, with chrome ribs; and an electrically locking glove box.

Buyers will also get new fully-adaptive LED headlights, soft close doors, and a hefty set of optional safety features — active blind spot (vs passive blind spot), lane-keeping assistance, highway assist, and traffic-sign assist.

Pictured: first-generation Ghibli.

Michael Volkmann, a mechanical engineer in the steel industry, autocrossed and road-raced Neons. Michael has drag raced his 1971 Duster 340, 2009 Challenger R/T, and Neons, of which he’s owned seven — one SRT4, three ACRs, and three Sport Coupes.

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