Tired of special edition Levante, Ghibli and Quattroporte models? If the answer is yes, you’ll be glad to learn that Maserati has revealed plans about all-new vehicles that will be “developed, electrified and produced in Italy.”
Following in the footsteps of FCA’s €5 billion ($5.5 billion) investment program for Italy, the luxury brand has announced a lineup of new and electrified products that will be built at the plants in Modena, Cassino and Turin (Mirafiori and Grugliasco).
Maserati says all the new models will adopt hybrid and battery electric propulsion systems “capable of providing both innovation and the high performance embedded in the brand’s DNA.” The all-electric models will combine typical Maserati driving dynamics with next-generation battery electric technology, “offering unique driving modes, extended range and ultra-fast charging capabilities.”
The long-awaited Maserati sports car is coming soon with an electric powertrain
The first of the totally new Maserati models to launch will be eagerly-anticipated electrified sports car. The carmaker does not reveal its name but we all now it’s the production version of the stunning Alfieri concept from 2014. The sports car will be produced in the Modena plant where major production line upgrades are underway to accommodate its electric powertrain.
According to previous intel, the sports car will offer mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric powertrains. The company also says the electrified sports car will be “packed with technology and reminiscent of Maserati’s traditional values.” No timeframe for the launch was announced but we already know the sports car will come in 2020.
New midsize SUV built at the same plant as Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio will arrive in 2021
Next up will be a new D-segment SUV that will be made in Cassino where approximately €800 million ($877 million) will be invested in the construction of a new production line, scheduled to open at the end of the first quarter of 2020. Given the model’s size, it’s not a surprise that it will be made at the Cassino plant, which currently builds Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia models.
The company did not reveal details about what types of powertrain the SUV will offer but said the new model is “destined to play a leading role for the brand thanks to its innovative technologies.” The first pre-series Maserati SUVs are expected to roll off the line by 2021.
Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio reinvented as EVs
Finally, the GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be renewed for a second generation that “will herald the full electrification era for Maserati.” The luxury GTs will be made at the Turin production hub, where FCA is investing another €800 million ($877 million). No timeframe was offered but, according to an internal presentation, the GranTurismo will launch in 2021 followed by the GranCabrio in 2022.
At the same time, Maserati will continue to improve its current range which includes the Levante, Quattroporte and Ghibli. For example, the Maserati Ghibli will become the brand’s first hybrid electric model in 2020. In addition, all the new and updated models will feature some degree of autonomous driving capabilities, from Level 2 enhanced Highway Assist to Level 3 with hands-off offering close to full autonomy.