Maserati has released first images of the facelifted Ghibli, featuring blink-and-you’ll-miss-it exterior tweaks. The revised version of the trident-badged executive sedan is showcased in these photos in the new luxury-oriented GranLusso trim (there will likely be a GranSport version too, as offered on the facelifted Quattroporte), ahead of its debut at the Chengdu Motor Show in China later this week.

The revamped front end features new adaptive LED headlights with matrix high beams, flanking a more angular grille inspired by the Alfieri concept and the recently facelifted GranTurismo. The lower air intake has also been redesigned, and features chrome inserts on the GranLusso model.

Along the sides, the side skirts are now body-coloured, and new badging on the front fenders indicates the variant designation. Last but not least, the rear sports a sharper-looking body-coloured diffuser, featuring the usual quad exhaust exits. Maserati has yet to reveal the interior so far, but expect a few trim and colour changes that come with a typical mid-cycle refresh.

The Ghibli already received a minor update just last year, which added a new infotainment system with an 8.4-inch multi-touch display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as improved aero-acoustic comfort and noise insulation and a standard-fit Air Quality Sensor.

Also added is an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) package, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist, and Automated Emergency Braking.

The base 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 was also given a 20 hp bump in power, bringing outputs up to 350 hp and 500 Nm of torque. The 410 hp/550 Nm Ghibli S and the 275hp/570Nm Ghibli Diesel remained unchanged, as did the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.