Stop everything you're doing. Look excited.
Maserati has released a few images and some details of its facelifted Ghibli, debuting this week at the Chengdu Motor Show in China, which is apparently a thing. Why go with a fairly random venue for the debut? Good question, and it’s an answer we don’t have. Anyway, the Ghibli itself has been on sale for four years now and it hasn’t been the success Maserati initially hoped for; it poses little to no threat to its German rivals, specifically the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. As far as updates for the 2018 Ghibli go, they’re pretty modest.
There’s a new front bumper with additional chrome inserts, new front grille with chrome bars, new rear bumper and body color side skirts. Also, we get the impression there’s been a slight name change overall: Ghibli GranLusso. The press release doesn’t make specific mention of this new name, but there’s now "GranLusso" badging on the front fenders. Maserati is also referring to the car as the Ghibli GranLusso. Other updates include adaptive full LED headlights and various driver assistance systems, but no specifics were given about the latter. We also expect the engine to be a carryover, including the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with up to 405 hp.
Some overseas markets are also offered a diesel engine option, but it doesn't appear it'll making its way stateside. Hopefully Maserati will release more details in the near future, as we expect all of these updates will be included in the US market Ghibli. Sorry, Ghibli GranLusso.