Maserati’s diesel-powered Ghibli is being refreshed for the 2016 model year, and motoring publication Autocar recently got their hands on the model for a test drive. The verdict was good, with the saloon impressing in the areas of performance and ride quality in particular.
The main technical changes have been made to the car’s V6 engine which now includes Adblue, a urea-based chemical that lowers the amount of nitrogen oxide released by diesel units. This improves the Ghibli’s emissions output and makes it Euro6 compliant – a big plus for business buyers.
Maserati has paired the engine with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Autocar was quick to praise the drivetrain, stating that it is “impressively quick, meters out its performance with great civility and is well integrated with the transmission whether climbing Italian mountain roads or overtaking on the motorway.” Meanwhile “high-speed refinement is also better. The powertrain settles into a distant thrum and there's very little wind noise around the A-pillars and frameless doors.”
The Ghibli’s ride comfort also got the publication’s approval, as it was commended for being well balanced and not overly ‘sporting’ which can make the set up too firm. Beyond the drive system the manufacturer will offer a luxurious new silk inlay fabric for the interior as well as optional technology including a Blind Spot Alert System and Rear Cross Path function.
The new Ghibli diesel is on sale now, and you can sample the sports car with a test drive from our Lancaster Maserati in Colchester dealership.