Maserati enters Korea's eco-friendly car market with Ghibli Hybrid

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Maserati enters Korea's eco-friendly car market with Ghibli Hybrid

Maserati's Ghibli Hybrid launched in Korea on Wednesday. [FMK]

Maserati's Ghibli Hybrid launched in Korea on Wednesday. [FMK]

 
Maserati's Ghibli Hybrid launched in Korea on Wednesday in its first foray into the country's burgeoning eco-friendly car market.
 
The Ghibli Hybrid is a hybrid version of the Italian luxury auto brand's flagship Ghibli midsize sedan.
 
It is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and a 48-volt battery. The battery supports the internal combustion engine when a higher amount of power is needed, such as during acceleration.
 
This hybrid sedan is able to generate a maximum horsepower of 330 and torque of 45.9 kilogram-meter, falling slightly short of the petrol engine version which has a maximum horsepower of 350 and torque of 51.5 kilogram-meter.
 
It takes 5.7 seconds to reach 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour, and its fuel efficiency stands at 8.9 kilometers per liter.
 
Catering to sports car fans, the Ghibli Hybrid comes with an extra sound resonator to maximize the engine growling sound that was jeopardized due to the hybrid system.
 
Blue details were added to the exterior on the front fender's air vent, C-pillar and the brake caliper. The hybrid model also has its exclusive color, Grigio Evoluzione, which is a grayish color with a blue overtone.
 
The new model will come in three trims, and the basic trim's price starts from 114.5 million won ($99,000).

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]
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