Maserati might need to change its famous trident logo to a power plug.
Speaking at a fashion event, Maserati CEO Davide Grasso said “the entire Maserati line and the new models will also be available full electric, including the Grecale SUV that will be released next year and the following GranTurismo and GranCabrio”. Existing models will be available with hybrid power.
The Grecale will be based on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and built alongside it in Cassino, Italy, though it’ll come with Maserati engines.
Unlike the Maserati, the Stelvio is no longer in line to receive electrification according Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ most recent five-year plan. A plug-in version of the smaller Tonale is in the works and a smaller, all-electric SUV will slot in underneath that.
FCA’s five-year plan in 2018 called for the entire Alfa Romeo range to be electrified by 2022. A Stelvio hybrid has been left on the cutting room floor along with a resurrected GTV and 8C.
The first electrified car to wear Maserati’s famous trident is more mild than wild.
When it touches down in Australia, the Ghibli Hybrid will be the first hybrid Maserati. It’s will lead a more comprehensive electrified rollout, with both mild-hybrid and pure electric options eventually to become available.
The 2021 Ghibli MHEV blends a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a 48V starter/generator capable of offering an engine boost under heavy loads, allowing for smoother start/stop and coasting at highway speeds.
Peak power is 246kW, and the 100km/h sprint is dispatched in 5.7 seconds from standstill. Flat out you’ll be doing 255km/h.
Although it doesn’t go as far as the electrically-driven compressors used by the Volkswagen Group, the electric booster in the Maserati system can provide torque fill at low engine revs, before the turbocharger is singing.
Replacements for the GranTurismo coupe and GranCabrio are reportedly due in 2021 with internal combustion engines. Pure electric versions will follow in 2022.
The next-generation Quattroporte sedan is scheduled to arrive in 2023. It too will be available with a choice of internal combustion engines or all-electric power. The MC20 will also be available in pure-electric guise.
Maserati’s pure-electric variants will wear the Folgore badge – folgore means lightning bolt in Italian.
The company’s top-shelf electric drivetrains will reportedly feature three motors for all-wheel drive and torque vectoring, as well as an 800V electrical system and fast charging support.