Italian luxury vehicle manufacturer Maserati has announced plans to electrify its entire line-up of vehicles over the next five years.
Davide Grasso, Maserati’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and member of parent company’s Fiat Chrysler’s Group Executive Council made the announcement during a fashion web event organised by Italian daily Milano Finanza, although there is no official announcement from Maserati.
Grasso explained that Maserati’s new SUV Grecale, scheduled to be released in 2021, will initially be offered in a traditional ICE model as well as a hybrid version.
However, Maserati has said that a fully electric version can be expected at a later stage, with reports suggesting the EV Grecale variant will be the company’s first fully electric model and is said to be arriving in 2022.
“The new Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio models will be electrified too, all our line-up will be electrified in the next five years,” Grasso said, according to Reuters.
Reportedly, Maserati’s promise to electrify its line-up means that all models will be either hybrid or fully electric. Maserati’s Levante and the Quattroporte are also both expected to be electrified in 2023 or 2024, according to reports, with either hybrid or fully electric models.
Fiat Chrysler Group and Maserati announced in late-2019 that €5 billion ($A8 billion) will be invested in transitioning its vehicles to electric and hybrid propulsion and would reportedly offer a hybrid ute.
But the focus for Maserati’s electric future are wrapped up in its new “super sports car”, the MC20, wearing the front end design that is set to inspire all future Maserati models.
Unveiled in September, the MC20 is being billed as a sports car that “pushes the boundaries of time” and “race audaciously into a brave new future”.
Starting out with an F1-inspired 3-litre V6 engine, the company promised an all-electric MC20 which is due in 2022.
Little is known about the specifics for the all-electric MC20 but there are the occasional whispers that suggest it will be even faster than its ICE predecessor – which itself is expected to deliver 630hp from its V6 engine with 730Nm torque, acceleration from 0-100 kilometres-per-hour in just 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of more than 325 kilometres-per-hour.