After making its online appearance last week, the lightly updated 2018 Maserati Ghibli has now made its public debut on the occasion of the 2017 Chengdu Motor Show in China. Displayed in the GranLusso and GranSport trim levels, the performance luxury sedan has gained a series of subtle tweaks inside and out to keep it fresh and competitive after being on the market for approximately four years.

Depending on trim, the Italian four-door model has gone through some exterior updates bringing minor changes to front and rear bumpers, which have both been modified not just for the sake of gaining a new look, but also to improve aerodynamics. Regardless of the one you want, both versions can be had with all of the four engines and are going to share the full-LED adaptive headlights equipped with a matrix high-beam function.

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Gone is the hydraulic steering system as instead Maserati has decided to go with an electric setup and that has paved the way for the integration of new safety and assistance systems. These include technologies like active blind spot assist, lane keeping assist, and highway assist. You can have all of them, plus traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control, by opting for the Driver Assistance package.

Also new for the 2018 model year is the Integrated Vehicle Control, which takes the shape of a function of the electronic stability program (ESP) to make the ride experience more exciting.

The engineers have also fiddled with the biturbo 3.0-liter V6 Ferrari engine built in Maranello by extracting an additional 20 horsepower and 22 pound-feet (30 Newton-meters) of torque. Available for the Ghibli S and the all-wheel-drive Ghibli S Q4, the engine now churns 430 hp and 428 lb-ft (580 Nm). As a result of the added muscle, the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint now takes a tenth of a second less in the case of the AWD model, which will complete the task in 4.7 seconds. Regardless of the type of traction you prefer, both will come with an increased top speed rated at 178 mph (286 kph).

You’ll be able to see the revised Maserati Ghibli in both GranLusso and GranSport until September 3 when the auto show organized in western China will close its doors.

Source: Maserati

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Maserati adopts a new range strategy with two distinct trims, Ghibli GranLusso and Ghibli GranSport. Stylistic restyling for the best-selling Maserati vehicle in history. Adaptive full LED headlights, power upgraded V6 twin-turbo engine, Electric Steering and new Advanced Driving Assistance Systems. 

Modena, 28 August, 2017 – The star of the Maserati stand at the Chengdu Motor Show 2017 was the new Ghibli, in the GranLusso and GranSport trims, each with its distinct character and exclusive contents, inaugurating the trim strategy that was introduced in the Quattroporte model a year earlier. 

After four years of unparalleled success on all the international markets, the Italian sports sedan has benefited from large-scale exterior restyling, specific for each trim, to accentuate its elegance and sportiness. The meticulous design work on the front, and the changes to the rear, bumpers, have substantially improved aerodynamic efficiency, giving the two trims a strong identity in line with the Maserati brand positioning. 

The new Ghibli GranLusso underlines the luxury and elegance of the Maserati sports saloon featuring enhanced exterior finish and a rich interior with Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery. The Ghibli GranSport was conceived to reflect Maserati’s sports heritage featuring a more aggressive exterior design and unique interior contents.

Both GranLusso and GranSport trims are available as an upgrade of all Ghibli four powertrain versions and feature adaptive full LED headlights with glare-free Matrix high-beam for even better illumination and a distinctive look. 

Two more novelties introduced by Maserati on the new Ghibli are the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) and the Electric Power Steering (EPS). The Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) is a new function of the ESP that further enhances the car’s driving dynamics and offers an even more unique, thrilling driving experience.

EPS has replaced the hydraulic steering system to allow the integration of new Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) like Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist; together with Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition, these features are all available in the Driver Assistance package. 

The Maranello built Ferrari 3.0-litre V6 Twin Turbo engine fitted on Ghibli S and S Q4 now delivers 20 hp more power and 30 Nm more torque than the previous unit. With 430 hp power output and 580 Nm peak torque, maximum speed is increased for both versions to 286 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h has been improved by 0.1” to as low as 4.7” for the Ghibli S Q4 with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system. 

The Chengdu Motor Show 2017 will be open to the public until September 3rd. More than 700,000 visitors are expected to visit CDMS in the vibrant city of 10 million inhabitants, in western China.