Luxury Made More Affordable by the 2016 Ghibli
Maserati’s Ghibli is a combination coupe and luxury sedan. Representing the most affordable of the Maserati models, the Ghibli is a popular option for those who want the best without breaking the bank. New for the 2016 model year, the Ghibli adds a midlevel S trim with rear-wheel drive, and standard options across the board now include automatic-dimming exterior mirrors, power-adjustable steering column, and a sunroof. In the spirit of Italian fashion-forward style, the specially designed Zegna interior trim is also newly available.
What else pulses at the heart of the 2016 Maserati Ghibli? We’ve got all the details here, but at the end of the day, there is nothing like a test drive at Maserati of Albany to really showcase the Maserati Ghibli’s pulse-pounding performance and luxurious elegance.
The 2016 Maserati Ghibli’s Trio of Trim Levels
As already introduced, the new S trim represents the mid-level of the Ghibli lineup, right in between the base and top-tier S Q4.
Starting with the entry level base trim, drivers should expect equipment including automatic xenon headlights, automatic wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, Bluetooth, CD/DVD player, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-speaker audio system, eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, LED running lights and taillights, navigation system, power-adjustable steering wheel, rearview camera, satellite radio, SD card reader, sunroof, auxiliary audio jack, 8.4-inch touchscreen, 19-inch alloy wheels, 60/40-split folding rear seats, and USB port.
Moving up to the new S level, drivers will be delighted by a more muscle, thanks to an enhanced engine, and additional details like even better brakes, automatic highbeams, adaptive headlights with washers, extra leather detailing along the dash and doors, driver memory functionality, and four-way lumbar adjustments on driver and front passenger seats.
The S Q4 simply takes all that and adds all-wheel drive, which is no small enhancement, depending on your geographic location. Certainly, customers in the Albany, NY and surrounding areas will likely opt for the S Q4 for that very reason.
No matter which Ghibli model you ultimately drive away with, they can all be upgraded and customized, courtesy of available packages and individual add-on options. A host of packages – Premium, Luxury, Luxury Plus, and this year’s Zegna Edition offer a variety of enhancements.
Starting with the Premium package, drivers will benefit from front and rear parking sensors, remote start, and for passengers in the backseat, a rear armrest with power and USB ports.
For added refinement, drivers would do well to opt for the Luxury package, which provides additional high-end leather upholstery and extra leather surfaces throughout the interior of the base level trim. Luxury Plus takes all that and ups the ante with ventilated seats.
This year’s all-new Zegna Edition package is inspired by Italy’s Zegna fashion house, and adds contrasting fabric and leather surfaces to the interior.
Individual add-ons include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, electronically adjustable suspension, carbon fiber and wood interior trim details, faux suede headliner, hands-free power trunk lid, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel with wood trim, painted brake calipers, power-adjustable pedals, power rear sunshade, shift paddles, 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, or 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, all atop either 20-inch or 21-inch wheels.
Powering Up in the 2016 Ghibli
Fortunately, considering all the decisions you already have before you, between the trim, packages, and available add-on features, all Ghiblis share the same powertrain, with only slight differences between the performance figures. The entry level Ghibli gets its muscle from the 3.0-liter V6 engine, generating 345 horsepowre and 369 lb.-ft. of torque, exclusively operated by and eight-speed automatic transmission, with fuel economy estimated at 19 mpg combined, 17 city and 24 highway.
The S and S Q4 trims share the base transmission but see a considerable uptick in performance ratings, thanks to a boosted version of the V6, producing 404 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, with the only difference between the two being that the S is exclusively rear-wheel drive, while the S Q4 is all-wheel drive (again, the ideal choice for Albany, NY and residents from surrounding areas). Fuel ratings between the S and S Q4 match the base model, but both drop one mpg in the city category.
With respect to speed, the entry level Ghibli made the zero to sixty mph dash in 5.5 seconds, with the S measured at 4.9 seconds and the S Q4 setting the pace at 4.7 seconds.
Solid Safety Specs in the 2016 Maserati Ghibli
All Ghiblis, no matter the trim, deliver standard safety measures in the form of antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, hill-hold assist, and rearview camera. Available safety enhancements include blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and front and rear parking sensors.
The equipment clearly proves effective, considering that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2016 Maserati Ghibli its best safety rating of “Good,” following moderate-overlap, frontal-offset, side-impact, roof-strength, and whiplash (seats and head restraints) tests.
Exterior and Interior Details
Appreciated as a smooth, yet engaging ride, the Ghibli is arguably less driver-centric than other Maserati models, but still fun whether you’re behind the wheel or just along for the ride. A great weekend getaway car, as well as a daily driver for commuting in style, this year’s Ghibli boasts serious cargo space, measuring an ample 17.7 cubic feet.
Finding an exterior shade to match your personal style might be overwhelming, but in the best sense of the word. The 2016 Ghibli has thirteen colors in the exterior palette, including Bianco (white), Bianco Alpi (silver), Blue Emozione Metallic (blue), Blu Passione Mica (blue), Bronzo Siena Metallescent (brown), Champagned Metallescent (beige), Grigio Maratea Metallescent (gray), Grigio Metallic (gray), Grigio Metallo (gray), Nero (black), Nero Ribelle Mica (black), Rosso Energia Pearlescent (red), Rosso Folgore Mica (red).
Considered competitively priced for its segment, and certainly compared to other Maserati models, the base Ghibli starts at $70,600, the S at $76,050, and the S Q4 at $78,550.
Luxury is delivered by the right dealership and that’s why Maserati of Albany should be your destination for any and all Maserati models. Call or come by for a test drive and let us help you find the Ghibli made with you in mind.