Maserati announces plans for electrified models
- September 26, 2019
- Posted by: Simon Wait
- Category: Industry News
In line with FCA’s €5bn investment program for Italy, Maserati announced its innovation plan for production, electrification and autonomous driving technologies.
With regards to production, Maserati announces plans for its line-up of new and electrified products at Modena, Cassino and Turin (Mirafiori and Grugliasco).
All of Maserati’s new models will be 100% made in Italy and will adopt hybrid and battery electric propulsion systems capable of providing both innovation and the high performance. Maserati’s all electric models will combine Maserati driving dynamics together with next-generation battery electric technology, offering unique driving modes, extended range and ultra-fast charging capabilities.
An important step for Maserati innovation is the level of autonomous driving. All new Maserati including the updated current models, will offer a range of autonomous driving capabilities, starting with Maserati level two enhanced highway assist progressing to level three with hands-off offering close to full autonomy, having the ability to manoeuvre in and out of lanes or bring the vehicle to a safe stop at the side of the road if the driver is unable to take control of the vehicle.
In 2020, the company will embark on electrification and the Maserati Ghibli, produced in Turin, will be the first hybrid electric propulsion for the brand.
The first of the new Maserati to appear will be the sports car. It will be produced in the Modena plant, where major production line upgrades are also underway to accommodate its electric powertrain.
Next up will be a new Maserati utility vehicle, set to be built at Cassino. An investment of approximately €800m has been earmarked for the construction of the new production line, scheduled to open at the end of the first quarter of 2020. The first pre-series cars are expected to roll off the line by 2021.
GranTurismo and GranCabrio remain part of the brand’s roots and these models will herald the full electrification era for Maserati. The new GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be produced at the Turin production hub, where FCA is investing €800m.