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2018 Maserati Ghibli: Overview

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author photo by Joe Tralongo June 2018

What's New For 2018?

The 2018 Maserati Ghibli sees a number of upgrades this year, beginning with refreshed styling. Last year's Sport and Luxury trims are replaced by the GranSport and GranLusso, each offering a unique set of features and interior upgrades. Both the S and S Q4 variants see a bump in horsepower, while all models get an electric assist power steering system and additional driver assist features.

What We Like

Head-turning styling; excellent sound; impressive brand cachet

What We Don't

So-so performance; high price tag; some mediocre interior materials; massive depreciation

Overview

Despite the Maserati Ghibli's $75,000 base price, this is the baby Maserati: The brand's entry-level vehicle, slotting below the larger and more powerful Quattroporte, designed to compete with standard-fare luxury vehicles like the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6.

That's right: A Maserati that's designed to compete with traditional luxury cars from normal luxury brands -- and on paper, it seems to work. The Ghibli is about the same size as those cars, and base-level models come with a competitive 345-horsepower turbocharged V6, which features standard rear-wheel drive. Shoppers who want more power or all-weather driving capabilities can opt for the Ghibli S, which features 424 hp and available all-wheel drive. Both models come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

While that all sounds very appealing, the Ghibli trails behind its more established competition in a few crucial areas. For example, pricing starts north of $70,000, which is far more than a well-equipped E-Class, while a high-end S Q4 model starts at a pricey $83,300 -- and that's before options. Another drawback is the Ghibli's performance, especially in base-level form -- it doesn't quite live up to the Maserati name.

Fortunately, Maserati has made a concerted effort to increase the Ghibli's level of equipment and the sedan now boasts typical standard luxury car conveniences like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a backup camera, a power sunroof and a touchscreen infotainment system. Same goes with options, now that the Ghibli's available with high-tech safety features like a blind spot monitor, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking and more. And while performance could use a similar boost, the Ghibli certainly sounds like a Maserati.

It isn't perfect -- but the 2018 Maserati Ghibli brings a little Italian flair to a portion of the market that has been dominated by stoic Germans for too long.

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