Maserati Ghibli Spotted Hiding A New Engine

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Here's a hint. It's not a V6.

Maserati is on the verge of a brand renaissance. Transitioning away from its close ties with Ferrari, Maserati will embrace electrification in the form of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully-electric vehicles. The first of these hybridized models will be the Maserati Ghibli, which was rumored to be shown at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show in April. Unfortunately for Maserati, the Beijing Motor Show was delayed due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), so we do not know when the hybrid Ghibli will make its debut.

In the meantime, our spy photographers have captured images of the facelifted Ghibli testing in the snow. These prototypes don't show much of the upcoming refresh but we did learn an interesting fact about what lies under the camouflaged hood.

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One of the test cars has a sticker sitting in the front window indicating that it has a 2.0-liter engine producing 330 horsepower. As of now, the Ghibli's smallest available engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 345 hp, so this new 2.0-liter mill should offer comparable power with greatly improved fuel economy. Seeing as the current V6 only achieves 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, we expect the hybrid to see an impressive reduction in fuel consumption.

It is still unclear if this 2.0 engine will be the new base motor or if it will only be available in the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. We only see a single cap for the gas tank without a second one for a charging port, so it looks like this is the standard Ghibli hybrid pictured here and not the PHEV.

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Inside the cabin, most of the dashboard is covered, indicating that there may be some major changes in this facelift. The Ghibli could get a larger touchscreen powered by the latest iteration of FCA's Uconnect infotainment system, as well as digital gauges to replace the analog gauge cluster.

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