There are few manufacturers of automobiles that better understand the value of design than Maserati. Here, we take a look at what’s on the road for 2018.
An uncomparable Italian flair matched with the finest engineering delivers cars that not only look great, but they drive superbly, sound wonderful, and retains the marque’s prestige as a manufacturer that have kept the fun in driving.
The two souls of the new Ghibli (above): After four years of remarkable success in the international markets, the Ghibli’s exterior has been respectfully restyled to emphasize both its elegance and its sportiness – the pillars of its Maserati signature personality. Faithful to its DNA, the 2018 Ghibli range offers unmistakable class, top-quality performance and a stylish yet comfortable driving experience.
Ghibli GranLusso and GranSport are immediately recognisable thanks to their distinct exterior features and exclusive interiors. The exterior design stands out for its coupé-like attitude as well as for several unique features: the distinctive C-pillar bearing the iconic Saetta logo, the frameless doors, the pronounced grille that resembles iconic Maserati cars of the ‘50s, and the range-standard quadruple chromium-plated exhaust pipes. The addition of the Ghibli GranLusso and GranSport to the 2018 range drove the Design Centre in Turin to give each trim a clear identity, primarily by restyling the front and rear bumpers.
Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio (above): The GranCabrio range has been streamlined for 2018 and two well-defined versions will be offered – Sport and MC. The 4.2-litre GranCabrio has been discontinued, while the Sport and MC share the same powertrain and interior personalization packages. Both the GranCabrio MC – short for Maserati Corse – and the GranTurismo MC take on important ambassadorial roles for the entire Maserati range, representing the company’s long and illustrious racing heritage.
When it came to the MY18 restyle, the timeless Pininfarina design was treated with the utmost respect by the Maserati Design Centre. The results, among others, are even better aerodynamic efficiency and compliance with the latest pedestrian safety regulations.
In essence, the GranTurismo is the ultimate expression of what grand touring means to Maserati.
Quattroporte (above): The Quattroporte MY18 retains its top status in the high-end sedan segment with power upgraded V6 versions and a new Electric Power Steering that enables the new active Advanced Driving Assistance Systems.
In terms of engine specifications, the top-of-the-range V6-engined Quattroporte S and S Q4 now deliver 430 hp and 580 Nm peak torque, 20 hp and 30 Nm more than in the MY17.
The increased power output grants the Maserati flagship sedan a top speed of 288 km/h and better acceleration. The Quattroporte S accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds (MY17: 5.1 seconds), while the Quattroporte S Q4, with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, needs only 4.8 seconds for the same sprint (previously 4.9 seconds). The introduction of Electric Power Steering (EPS) is another first for Maserati, replacing the previous hydraulic system.
Levante (above): In 2016, a new wind was unleashed in the luxury SUV segment with the arrival of the Levante. In 2018, the Maserati of SUVs has been further improved and enhanced with a range of new features for an even more thrilling driving experience – both on- and off-road.
The MY18 Levante made its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motorshow with a new range strategy and an array of hi-tech features, including EPS and the addition of new active functions to the existing driving assistance systems.
The new range strategy – inaugurated by the Quattroporte in 2017 and continued by the Levante and the new Ghibli in 2018 – introduces two distinct new trims alongside the three existing powertrain versions: the luxury-orientated GranLusso and the red-blooded GranSport. Elegance and luxury reign in the Levante GranLusso.