When we hear the word Maserati, we imagine a glorious sounding luxury cruiser with either a six, eight, or twelve cylinder engine under their sleek hoods. Their future, however, might be a little bit quieter than the present.
As the decade comes to a close, the Italian automaker has announced that their future models will come with hybrid tech and even full electric power. Not only that, Maserati will also be giving their models semi-autonomous driving capabilities. The first car to get this serious hardware and software update? That would be the 2020 Ghibli, which recently achieved a production milestone of 100,000 units built.
Soon after the launch of the hybridized Ghibli, the Levante crossover and Quattroporte sedan will also be getting the same upgrades as their junior luxury saloon. Maserati didn't say just how hybridized their future models will be, but expect mild hybrid assist, much like the all-new Audi A6, at the very least. After those models, Maserati will be rolling out two all-new cars and another crossover that will join the Levante.
The cars will be the next-generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio. Maserati says that those two have been engineered to accommodate a pure electric drive system, making it the automaker's first pair of EVs. As for the crossover, they didn't say if it will slot below the Levante or above it. However, they did say that it will, “play a leading role for the brand thanks to its innovative technologies”. That means it could also become Maserati's third pure electric vehicle.
Does that mean we'll no longer hear singing V8s and V12s from the esteemed Italian luxury brand? Nothing is set in stone at the moment. But if anything, Maserati's future is starting to look more and more electric.