The Future of Maserati is Electric
To grow its business in North America, automaker Maserati has set its sights on the future, which seems to be electric.
Maserati has announced the company will no longer rely on internal combustion as the sole powertrain option in its vehicle lineup. Most of the model lineup will now have an electric variant to the powertrain option in the very near future.
In 2020, Maserati will manufacture its first hybrid electric propulsion with the new Ghibli. With regards to production, the vehicles will be manufactured in Italy at the Modena, Cassino, and Turin plants.
The electric effort does not mean that all Maserati vehicles will be hybrids or plug-in hybrids moving forward. The Maserati vehicle lineup will feature a hybrid system in addition to the traditional internal combustion options drivers are familiar with, like the V8 found in the Levante GTS.
The motivation behind this initiative helps to ensure the brand and vehicles continue to become more economically efficient and safer for the environment.
This initiative will help open the door for consumers searching for the best of both worlds — an environmentally-conscious car with high-performance standards.
The technology that is expected to be incorporated into the Maserati lineup updates will be performance-based, which is true to the premier automaker’s history.
While much of the technology has been kept under wraps, we can only assume it will cause quite the commotion.
Maserati Lineup Changes
The marque plans to renew its lineup by adding a full suite of electric vehicles, along with hybrids, and redesigns of many of the current models.
Updates to the Maserati lineup include:
The Maserati Alfieri
What was once a concept car is now becoming a reality. First unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show the Alfieri has been highly anticipated for quite some time.
While it is still unclear what the vehicle will look like, we can expect it to be similar to the original concept car.
A cabriolet convertible version is also rumored to be available as soon as 2021.
While this car has seemed like a far-fetched dream, it is expected to replace the GranTurismo coupe and convertible models. Since the GranTurismo has been an integral part of the lineup for over 10 years, we have high expectations for the Alfieri.
The Maserati Levante is scheduled to receive a full redesign that puts it on the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Giorgio platform in 2022, which includes a fully electric option.
The Levante is expected to be joined by a midsize crossover, which we still have a lot to learn about — including the name.
While the midsize crossover has been kept tightly under wraps, it is expected to have 50:50 weight distribution. It is also expected to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain option in addition to the traditional combustion engine.
We also anticipate the midsize crossover to offer a superior ride and handling capabilities in addition to a best-in-class lightweight platform. With this information, we can expect the newcomer to be an exhilarating ride with sports car features and SUV capabilities.
The Quattroporte received a minor update for the 2019 model year but will see a full redesign in 2022. The anticipated redesign is expected to include a plug-in hybrid option similar to the rest of the vehicle lineup.
Additionally, the show-stopping vehicle will also receive an updated 50:50 weight distribution ratio that will accommodate the dynamic all-wheel-drive system.
The anticipated time frame for the updated Maserati vehicle lineup means the showroom at Maserati of Albany will have confirmed details in the near future.
Time will also tell if the automaker will bid farewell to the traditional combustion engine, though it does not seem likely.
And you can count on seeing them here as they become available.
We know the updates will be worth the wait.
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