Next-Gen Maserati Flagship Will ‘Blow Everyone Away’
Maserati hasn’t put out an all-new car since the Levante SUV 2014, but that’s about to change. Speaking at the company’s Modena factory, Maserati head of communication Maria Conti confirmed an all-new sports car would make its global debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.
“We will have a special surprise in the first quarter of 2020…probably at Geneva — a new generation sports car built right here in Modena,” she said.
Though Maserati officials were reluctant to share any further information, insiders say it will be the brand’s first plug-in hybrid; a two-door car that will be shown in Geneva as the final model rather than as a concept.
It is expected to go into production in mid-2020 and will take its place in the lineup as Maserati’s new flagship model, replacing the GranTurismo. Riding on an all-new electrified platform, it should be able to sprint from 0-60 mph in around two seconds.
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At least, that’s if it adopts the three-motor powertrain and 800-volt battery system that had originally been planned for the cancelled Alfieri. Revealed in 2014 and due for launch in 2016, the Alfieri had been set to become the next Maserati flagship, but it was delayed to 2022 and ultimately abandoned.
“Alfieri might be dead, but what’s coming instead will blow everyone away—it’s even more beautiful,” an insider told Australia’s Carsales.
In any case, you can expect a lot of electrification in Maserati’s future: Not only will the new car be offered in all-electric and plug-in hybrid forms, Maserati will also launch PHEV (and later, full EV) powertrains for all its models, including the Levante, Ghibli, and Quattroporte.
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News Source: Carsales.com.au