Technically, the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid is certainly a hybrid, due to a 48 volt starter generator system, in addition to a further electrical supercharger, aka e-Booster, working alongside a battery.
The Italian carmaker says that it is a “distinctive resolution” for the phase, providing the “good trade-off between efficiency, effectivity and driving pleasure.” Now we’re questioning which phase Maserati thinks the Ghibli belongs to.
Even should you can name it distinctive, it’s not precisely as superior as some Maserati prospects could have hoped. For instance, the Porsche Panamera, which is a direct competitor for the Ghibli, additionally is available in 4 E-Hybrid spec, which is definitely a “correct” hybrid, the kind you plug in nonetheless.
In any case, there are nonetheless options to the Ghibli Hybrid which are powered in the same means, and one among them occurs to be extra of a four-door sedan than the opposite (Mercedes CLS vs. Audi A7 Sportback). Let’s see how the Mercedes stacks up with the Maserati.
Maserati Ghibli Hybrid (value TBA)
In comparison with the Mercedes CLS, the Ghibli is barely wider (1.945 mm / 76.6 inches), but in addition taller (1.461 mm / 57.5 inches) and with an extended wheelbase (2.998 mm / 118 inches). General size nevertheless goes to the Merc.
Each automobiles characteristic 80 liter (21.13 gallon) gasoline tanks, equally sized trunks and house for 5. They’re really surprisingly related, despite the fact that most individuals don’t continuously pair them collectively in conversations.
Powering the Ghibli Hybrid, which by the way in which may be recognized by varied blue exterior and inside accents, is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a 48-volt gentle hybrid system and the beforehand talked about e-Booster, for a complete of 325 HP (330 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.
On paper, it might probably speed up from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds and maxes out at 158 mph (255 km/h). For those who take it simple although, you may common as little as 8.5 liters/100 km (27.7 mpg) within the mixed WLTP cycle, with CO2 emissions of 192g/km.
Inside, it comes with Maserati’s newest infotainment system, which now includes a 10.1-inch show as a substitute of the previous 8.4-inch one. There’s additionally a brand new gauge cluster, whereas the Maserati Join program permits for software program updates.
Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC (€70,673)
Discovering the correct CLS spec right here was a bit tough, seen as how the Ghibli Hybrid isn’t anticipated to make the abroad journey to the U.S. If it could although, pairing it with the entry-level rear-wheel drive CLS 450 would have been good, seen as how the Ghibli Hybrid is RWD too.
The CLS 450 prices upwards of $69,950 within the U.S., whereas European patrons might be largely proven the 450 4MATIC variant, which in Germany is priced from €70,673 ($81,228). It’s extremely unlikely that the Ghibli Hybrid would price significantly extra, primarily as a result of the Ghibli S Q4 is already priced from €87,438 ($100,000) and it’s far more highly effective and sooner than the Hybrid.
So what can we let you know in regards to the CLS 450’s powertrain? For starters it includes a bigger engine. Energy comes from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that’s paired to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system (EQ Increase), offering you with an additional 22 HP and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque whereas accelerating.
Complete output sits at 362 HP (367 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque, and might get you from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in simply 4.Eight seconds within the all-wheel drive 4MATIC mannequin, practically a full second faster than the Maserati. Prime velocity is electronically restricted to 155 mph (250 km/h).
Other than being faster than the Ghibli Hybrid, the Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC can be barely extra gasoline environment friendly and barely extra environment-friendly. It averages 8.Three liters/100 km (28.Three mpg) within the WLTP cycle, with CO2 emissions at 189 g/100 km. A minor distinction although.
By way of dimension, the CLS is 4.988 mm (196.Four inches) lengthy to the Ghibli’s 4.971 mm (195.7 inches), stands 1,435 mm (56.5 inches tall), 1.890 mm (74.Four inches) large and has a 2.938 mm (115.7 inch) lengthy wheelbase.
Inside, the CLS comes commonplace with two 10.25-inch shows, however should you’re keen to pay additional, you’ll be able to have the 12.3-inch ones. Additionally, the German four-door coupe was solely not too long ago updated for the 2021 model year and now comes with the carmaker’s newest MBUX software program.
Is the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid / Mercedes CLS 450 comparability a great one? We really feel that it completely is, seen as how the Italian saloon can’t match the Panamera Four E-Hybrid by way of engine tech or efficiency. As for the BMW 840i Gran Coupe and Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI quattro-ultra, the previous doesn’t have a mild-hybrid system, whereas the latter is a fastback and never a saloon.
The CLS 450 is then, for higher or worse, one of the best factor one can throw on the new Ghibli Hybrid, and on paper at the least, the Mercedes really comes out on prime. If it additionally finally ends up costing you significantly lower than the Maserati, then the matter is just about settled, at the least for patrons of a extra pragmatic nature.
However shopping for a automotive just isn’t at all times a strictly logical choice dictated by numbers, so which one do you want essentially the most?