The facelifted Ghibli will be available in three grades: base, GranLusso and GranSport. Both the base and GranLusso trims share the same exterior styling treatment, while the GranSport features a slightly more aggressive look to the front bumper.
All three versions benefit from a lightly updated exterior design, the main talking points being the larger 'sharknose' grille, which incorporates vertical chrome bars, and a reduction in the coefficient of drag from 0.31 to 0.29.
The updated range is available with three engine options, all of which feature rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The cheapest option for every grade is the 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, which develops 202kW of power and 600Nm of torque.
Next up is the standard-issue 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, which cranks out 257kW of power and 500Nm of torque.
Above: Maserati Ghibli GranLusso. Below: Maserati Ghibli GranSport
The most expensive engine available is the S version of the 3.0-litre twin-turbo. In the 2018 Ghibli, power has been upped by 15kW to 321kW, while torque jumps 30Nm to 580Nm. This extra mumbo helps propel Ghibli S models from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds, an improvement of 0.1s.
In addition to the more powerful engine, the S models also include as standard an Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) with highway assist, lane keeping assistance, active blind spot assist, and traffic sign recognition. The ADAS package is available as option on cars equipped with diesel V6 or standard V6 petrol engines.
The base Ghibli features bi-xenon headlights, quad exhaust tips, limited-slip differential, a new electric power steering system, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a Bosch-developed integrated vehicle control system that aims to actively prevent vehicle instability.
The Ghibli GranLusso grade gains adaptive LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch wheels on the S), more chrome for the front bumper, body colour side sills, and black brake callipers.
On the inside there's an Ermenegildo Zegna interior with silk inserts for the seats, door panels, and ceiling lining. There's also Radica open-pore wood trim around the cabin and on the steering wheel, soft close doors, comfort seats with 12-way power adjustment, parking sensors, a Bowers and Wilkins sound system, and an electrically lockable glove box.
Compared to the base model, the Ghibli GranSport gains adaptive LED headlights, red brake callipers, and body colour side skirts. There's also a slightly more aggressive look for the front bumper, including piano black inserts.
The GranSport edition rides on Skyhook suspension system, with 21-inch alloy wheels when equipped with the 321kW S engine, and 20-inch rims when fitted with the turbo-diesel or standard V6.
The cabin of the GranSport gains sports leather seats with 12-way power adjustment, a sports steering wheel, shifter paddles, INOX pedals, and a Harmon Kardon sound system.
A carbon-fibre package, including wing mirror caps, B- and C-pillar covers, door handles, front splitter and rear spoiler, is available on both the base model and the GranSport.
2018 Maserati Ghibli pricing
- Ghibli D (202kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel) — $138,990
- Ghibli (257kW 3.0-litre V6) — $143,990
- Ghibli S (321kW 3.0-litre V6) — $175,990
- Ghibli D GranLusso (202kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel) — $159,990
- Ghibli GranLusso (257kW 3.0-litre V6) — $163,990
- Ghibli S GranLusso (321kW 3.0-litre V6) — $195,990
- Ghibli D GranSport (202kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel) — $159,990
- Ghibli GranSport (257kW 3.0-litre V6) — $163,990
- Ghibli S GranSport (321kW 3.0-litre V6) — $195,990
All prices include taxes, but excludes statutory charges, dealer costs and delivery.