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Posted by Joseph Clement on 1 September, 2017

Maserati has restyled their popular Ghibli, adding two new trims, the GranLusso and GranSport.

Opting to showcase the upgraded cars at the 2017 Chengdu Motor Show, rather than the Frankfurt Motor show, Maserati claim that “After four years of unparalleled success in all the international markets, the Italian sports sedan has benefited from large-scale exterior restyling, specific for each trim, to accentuate its elegance and sportiness.”

The GranLusso is the more luxurious of the new trims, while the GranSport supposedly has a sportier, more aggressive exterior design. However, when looking at a picture of the two cars it’s hard to tell the difference. To be honest, apart from new bumpers, headlights, and a slightly upgraded exterior design, not many changes have been made to the appearance of this car.

In contrast, a lot of the technology available with these new Ghibli’s has changed. For example, Maserati has introduced integrated vehicle control and electric power steering which has allowed them to integrate advanced driving assistance systems like highway assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and much more.

Maserati is still using the Maranello built Ferrari 3.0-litre V6 Twin Turbo engine fitted on Ghibli S and S Q4, but the unit has received a slight power upgrade. The engine now delivers 430 hp power output and 580 Nm peak torque, 20 hp more power and 30 Nm more torque than the previous unit.

In conclusion, I’m sure most of you will agree that the Ghibli is a great looking car and I’m certain Maserati didn’t want to ruin it by making major changes to the exterior design. In short, they have played it safe, making only minor changes to the visual appearance of the vehicle. Consequently, these changes bring small improvements to the aerodynamics of the car, but nothing crazy. The technology has been brought up to date making the GranLusso and GranSport an attractive proposition for fans of the Italian sedan.