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2021 Maserati Ghibli Review - Trims, Prices, Features, Performance, And Rivals

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November 22, 2020 at 03:11 PM

The Maserati Ghibli, a true-blue Italian mid-size luxury sedan gets carried over to 2021, with certain major updates. Primary of which is the introduction of the 580 hp performance-oriented Ghibli Trofeo, which does the 0-60 MPH time in just short of 4 seconds. The interior of the 2021 Ghibli also receives a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen system. Powered by a similar 345 hp V6 engine, the prices of the 2021 Maserati Ghibli start at an MSRP of $74,390. The release date for the same is set for sometime around Early 2021.

2021 Maserati Ghibli Sedan Latest Updates-


The Maserati Ghibli launched in 2015, sits below the esteemed Quattroporte in the brand’s line-up of Italian thoroughbreds. Carried forward into the year 2021 with minuscule changes, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli is an extremely capable vehicle that is not just fun to drive, courtesy of its reliable mechanical setup, but also gets comfortable interiors, and a beautiful exterior design language. The release date for the 2021 Maserati Ghibli is set for sometime around Early 2021. With rear-wheel drive being standard and growling exhaust notes in place, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli starts from an MSRP of $74,390, whereas the 580 hp Ghibli Trofeo starts off at $109,890 MSRP.


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The one major update brought about for the Ghibli lineup is the introduction of the astonishing 580 hp Ferrari sourced V8 powered 2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo. It also gets a limited-slip rear differential and a Corsa driving mode with launch control, which when activated thrusts the 2021 Ghibli Trofeo forward from 0-60 MPH in just about 4 seconds. Moreover, Maserati also announced a hybrid Ghibli sedan which unfortunately won't be coming in 2021, although will be followed by the all-electric GranTurismo and GranCabrio for 2022. Coming to the car at hand, the base 2021 Maserati Ghibli gets powered by an also potent 3.0L V6 engine, partnered with 8-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Maserati Ghibli 

Model Specs

Price Range (MSRP) $74,390 - $81,890
Release Date Early 2021
Engine 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain RWD/AWD
Trims

3 trims- Ghibli/ Ghibli GranLusso/ Ghibli GranSport

Colors 10 colors available- Nero/ Bianco/ Nero Ribelle/ Grigio Maratea/ Grigio/ Blu Passione/ Blu Emozione/ Rosso Folgore/ Bianco Alpi/ Blu Nobile
Changes
  • New 10.1-inch infotainment system
  • 580 hp V8 Ghibli Trofeo added to the lineup

In terms of styling, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli is leagues ahead of the competition as it gets an attractive design language and a sporty front that complements it. In addition to all these, the 2021 Ghibli lineup also gets a capable AWD which further enhances the driving dynamics and performance of this car. Moving inside, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli's interior now houses an all-new updated 10.1-inch touchscreen system, with a voice-activated virtual assistant. With rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Audi A7, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli faces stiff competition in the luxury sports sedan segment. Other than the main rivals it also faces tough competition from its cousin the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio

What are the updated Trims and Features on offer in the 2021 Maserati Ghibli?

The 2021 Maserati Ghibli is available in 3 trim choices – Ghibli, Ghibli GranLusso, and Ghibli GranSport, out of which, if reports are to be believed, both the Ghibli Gran-Lusso and the Gran-Sport might come along with an electric powertrain from 2022. All these trims variants of the 2021 Ghibli sedan get a 3.0-L V6 engine. The engine comes mated to an 8-Speed automatic transmission and buyers can choose between RWD and AWD models. The starting price of the 2021 Ghibli is $74,390 MSRP while the range-topping Ghibli GranSport variant is available from an MSRP of $81,890.

Trim

Ghibli

Ghibli GranLusso

Ghibli GranSport

MSRP

$74,390

$81,890

$81,890

Key Features

19-inch Poseidone aluminum wheels In addition to the base Ghibli features- In addition to the Ghibli GranLusso features-
  Heated front seats Chrome front fascia insert 20-inch Urano aluminum wheels
  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Ermenegildo Zegna silk & leather upholstery 12-way power front sport seats
  10.1-inch Maserati Intelligent Assistant with Navigation Adaptive full LED headlamps with High Beam Assist Heated Black leather Sport steering wheel
  Blind Spot Alert 10-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system Skyhook performance suspension with electronic damping

The most value for money trim on offer on the entire 2021 Maserati Ghibli lineup is ironically the fully loaded 2021 Ghibli GranSport. This trim is priced at $81,890 and gets almost all the necessary features, and then some. In addition to this, this trim option sees the addition of a number of updates which results in much better performance output.

How does the 2021 Maserati Ghibli fare on the Engine and Performance front?

A mighty 3.0L V6 engine powers the 2021 Maserati Ghibli. This engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic and is available with a rear-wheel-drive as standard, whereas an all-wheel-drive setup is offered as optional. The power output for the 3.0L engine-powered 2021 Ghibli stands at 345 hp while the maximum torque output is 369 lb.-ft. Overall, the car picks up pace in a quick manner and the power delivery gets really strong in the mid-range. Just like any other Maserati car, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli has great driving dynamics.

The suspension setup of the 2020 Ghibli was brilliant, as this sports sedan remained planted to the road at higher speeds and, at slower speeds, some of the bumps did filter inside the cabin. Nevertheless, the 2021 model of the Maserati Ghibli is expected to receive some suspension tweaks which will result in a better ride and handling balance. The car will not only be good to drive and stable at higher speeds but the passengers inside the 2021 Ghibli too will be comfortable on slow city speeds while going on a badly patched up road. With minimalistic body roll and responsive steering, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli is one of the most engaging cars to drive in the segment.

Models

2021 Maserati Ghibli

2021 Audi A7

2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

MSRP

$74,390

$70,195

$70,300

$74,600

Engine

3.0L Twin-Turbo V6

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.0L Turbocharged Inline 6

2.9L Twin Turbo V6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-speed S-Tronic DCT

9-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

345 hp @ 5500 RPM

335 hp @ 5000 RPM

362 hp @ 5500 RPM

505 hp @ 6500 RPM

Torque 

369 ft-lbs. @ 1750 RPM

369 ft-lbs. @ 1370 RPM

369 ft-lbs. @ 1600 RPM

443 ft-lbs. @ 2500 RPM

As it is clearly evident from the table, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli competes neck-to-neck with its rivals, except the Guilia Quadrifoglio in terms of engine power and output. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the most powerful among the competition. However, the fun fact is that both the Maserati and Alfa use the same V6 block built by Ferrari. The 2022 model will offer the same engine option and might even add a hybrid model to the Ghibli lineup.

How fast is the 2021 Maserati Ghibli from 0-60 MPH and how quickly can it come to a stop?

The 2021 Maserati Ghibli, even with its powerful engine options, is not as fast as its other rivals. The V6 powered 2021 Ghibli does the 0-60 MPH run in just 5.5 secs. The car gets a restricted top speed of 166 MPH and does the quarter-mile run in 13.4 secs. If that's not enough for you, Maserati also introduces a performance-oriented 2021 Ghibli Trofeo, which when powered by a Ferrari sourced V8 engine, is able to do the 0-60 MPH run in just 4.0 seconds.

The 2021 Maserati Ghibli gets a 4-wheel disc brake set up along with many features such as ABS and EBD to enhance the overall braking capabilities of the vehicle. The vehicle comes equipped with 13.6-inch front and 13.0-inch rear brake rotors. Overall, with a curb weight of 3990 lbs., the 2021 Maserati Ghibli should come to a complete stop from 60 MPH in about 98 ft. It is also worth noting the fact that under emergency braking, the car does not lose its composure and the driver can easily control it to avoid an obstacle.

Models

2021 Maserati Ghibli

2021 Audi A7

2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

0-60 MPH

5.5 secs

5.2 secs

5.1 secs

3.8 secs

Quarter Mile 

13.4 secs

13.3 secs

13.6 secs

12.1 secs

Top-Speed

166 MPH

130 MPH

155 MPH

191 MPH

60-0

98 (Expected)

N/A

N/A

100 ft.

The 2021 Maserati Ghibli is a quick vehicle, however, rivals do offer much better performance traits. If your main requirements are speed, power, and driving dynamics, the Ghibli may just be a great choice and with the 2021 refinement update, things are definitely getting better.

What MPG figures are delivered by the 2021 Maserati Ghibli?

For a vehicle of this class and size, the fuel efficiency figures put up by the 2021 Maserati Ghibli are decent but definitely not the best. The 2021 Ghibli gets a claimed fuel economy of 17 MPG for city usage while the highway economy figures stand at 24 MPG. The car gets a fuel tank with a capacity of 21.10 gallons. Maserati will surely be working to improve the overall refinement and tuning the vehicle for better power output and fuel economy in the coming iterations of the Ghibli. The addition of the Hybrid powertrain to the Ghibli model, expected in 2022, will certainly put it along with the segment leader, Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Models

2021 Maserati Ghibli 

2021 Audi A7

2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

MPG (City)

17

23

23

17

MPG (Highway)

24

29

30

24

MPG (Combined)

19

26

26

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1 

19.3 

21.1 

15.3

Among the competition, Mercedes Benz CLS boasts of an impressive fuel economy of 26 MPG (combined), and also thanks to its larger fuel tank capacity, it has the highest range before coming to a stop for a refill. Maserati Ghibli is one of the least economical cars in the competition but has a decent range, thanks to its 21.1-gallon fuel tank.

What are the changes made on the Interior front of the 2021 Maserati Ghibli?

The 2021 Maserati Ghibli gets a practical cabin with enough storage spaces in the central console and in the door trims. The interiors look bright and the occupants feel calm seated inside an Italian sculpted cabin-space. The quality of the plastics used inside the cabin is great. At the front, the seats of the 2021 Ghibli are comfortable, as they provide the right amount of cushioning to its passengers. At the rear, the seats are not too low, and the backrest angle is spot on. Ingress and egress from the 2021 Maserati Ghibli are easy and overall, the interiors are decent.

Caption

The 2021 Maserati Ghibli gets a premium MTC + (Maserati Touch Control Plus) infotainment system, with a voice-activated virtual assistant. The system consists of an all-new 10.1-inch touch screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available as standard. In terms of audio, this car gets Bowers and Wilkins Surround Sound System which is equipped with 15 speakers and back woofers produced using Kevlar. In addition, the car also gets a radio data system, speed-sensitive volume control, USB connectivity, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Models

2021 Maserati Ghibli

2021 Audi A7

2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.8/57.8/37.7

37.0/57.2/41.3

36.9/57.8/41.9

38.6/56.1/42.4

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.8/56.5/33.2

37.1/55.9/37.0

35.9/56.5/35.0

37.6/53.6/35.1

Trunk Capacity 

17.7 cu-ft.

24.9 cu-ft.

11.9 cu-ft.

13 cu. ft

The 2021 Maserati Ghibli is the most spacious, comfortable, and feature-rich car in the segment, despite the segment consisting of some of the very best German offerings. However, it is the 2021 Audi A7 which boasts maximum trunk space. The 2022 model is speculated to boast even better quality interiors, an updated feature list, and the addition of some new color schemes, making this cabin, an even better place to be in.

What are the changes made on the Exterior front of the 2021 Maserati Ghibli?

The 2021 Maserati Ghibli gets a handsome exterior design language with a bold and aggressive-looking front, along with the scintillating-looking trident in the front. The side profile is boxy while the rear has some subtle and noticeable yet praise-worthy design elements. The overall design gives the 2021 Ghibli a great visual appeal and the car does not fail to attract a number of eyeballs when it is out on the road. Overall, the design is sporty, aggressive, yet looks very classy and elegant at the same time.

The 2022 Ghibli model however is reported to receive a number of cosmetical changes as the brand plans to launch a completely new product next year. However, for 2021, we'd have to let do with the same exterior design silhouette, which is nonetheless still stunning, as it still manages to evoke the Maserati's Italian craftsmanship. The 2021 Maserati Ghibli,  In terms of dimensions, is at par with its rivals. The car gets a great road presence and clearly looks smarter than most of its rivals

Models

2021 Maserati Ghibli

2021 Audi A7

2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Curb Weight 

3990 lbs

4332 lbs.

4134 lbs.

3806 lbs.

Length (in)

195.7"

195.6"

196.4"

182.5"

Width (in)

76.6"

75.1"

73.9"

73.7"

Height (in)

57.5"

56.0"

56.3"

56.1"

Ground Clearance (in)

4.5"

4.4"

3.9"

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

118.0"

115.2"

115.7"

111.0"

The Mercedes-Benz CLS has always been one of the most reliable and practical vehicles of this segment. The 2021 CLS gets a comfortable and spacious cabin, thanks to its decent wheelbase, and it also gets one of the best design cues which simply give it a distinctive character. Giulia Quadrifoglio, on the other hand, is purely performance-focused, and its lightest curb-weight, and the smallest wheelbase amongst the rest of the cars in the segment, is surely a testament to that very fact.

What are the Safety features on offer in the 2021 Maserati Ghibli?

In terms of safety, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli gets a number of active and passive safety features as standard on all of the trim options. Moreover, the 2021 Ghibli uses a high strength steel frame to further enhance safety. Now on the safety crash test front, the NHTSA might not have tested the 2020 Ghibli, but the IIHS has. However, the 2020 Ghibli, being tested by the IIHS managed to score well in the tests but missed out on the Top Safety Pick award. Moreover, the Maserati Safety Program further takes care of the overall safety aspect of the vehicle, as it aids in real-time changes to all the different safety parameters of the Ghibli.

Here are some of the safety features included in the 2021 Maserati Ghibli-

  • Auto emergency braking
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Adaptive full LED headlamps
  • Adaptive Driving Beam
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist

What is the Release date of the 2021 Maserati Ghibli and should you buy one?

The release date of the 2021 Maserati Ghibli Sedan is set for sometime around Early 2021. With an affordable price tag, reliable mechanicals, refined engines, and a great to drive suspension setup, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli has it all. Moreover, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli also gets a comfortable and spacious cabin in addition to other modern safety features which make it a great buy in this particular segment. With the 2021 upgrade, the car is expected to come with an even better package and updated capabilities.


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2021 Maserati Ghibli FAQs

Is the Maserati Ghibli reliable?

The popular Italian carmaker, just like any other premium automotive brand, has its issues with reliability. Moreover, with the number of mixed ownership reviews starting to flow, the reliability aspect of the Ghibli is still a dicey situation.

How much would I have to pay for my 2021 Maserati Ghibli?

The Italian thoroughbred Maserati carries forward the Ghibli into 2021, majorly unscathed. Having said that, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli starts from an MSRP of $74,390, whereas the 580 hp Ferrari sourced V8 powered Ghibli Trofeo starts off at $109,890 MSRP.

Do Maserati's depreciate a lot?

Yes, they do! As the luxury sports car marquee automaker's reliability aspect is still on the fence, it won't be an uncommon sight to see a brand-new Maserati depreciate down by 60-80% of its original price-tag after its first year.

What are some of the other luxury cars that can be compared to the 2021 Maserati Ghibli?

Maseratis are unique in the sports car market! Nevertheless, to show its worth, it goes up against the Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglia amongst others from time to time.

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