Electric Maserati plans announced

Replacement for Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be all-electric model

The first electric Maserati model will be a replacement for the current GranTurismo and GranCabrio, the manufacturer has suggested.

The new car will be available in both coupe and cabrio forms, and will “herald the new electrification era for Maserati.” Production is set to take place at the company’s plant in Turin following €800 million (around £709 million) of investment.

Before then, a new sports car - thought to be the long-awaited Alfieri - will be launched with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. It too will spawn a full, battery-electric variant at a later stage.

A plug-in hybrid SUV is also in the pipeline, with production set to begin at the manufacturer’s Cassino plant in 2021. However, we understand an all-electric version is not being considered at this stage.

The company’s first hybrid powertrain will make its debut on the next Maserati Ghibli, which is due to enter production early next year.

The announcements follow a commitment from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) - Maserati’s parent company - last year to ditch diesel engines. The firm plans to have 12 new or significantly updated electrified models on sale by the end of 2021, including the forthcoming Fiat 500 electric.

FCA has invested €5 billion (around £4.4 billion) across its brands, with all cars set to be built in its factories in Italy.

Maserati is keen to assure its customers that its new and updated cars will combine “traditional highly appreciated Maserati driving dynamics” with the latest technology.

It considers autonomous driving technology to be an important step for its future models. All new cars will feature the company’s ‘Level 2’ Highway Assist, which will eventually evolve into a ‘Level 3’ standard system.

The Level 3 system would allow Maserati’s cars to move in and out of lanes automatically, as well as pull over to the side of the road and bring and slow down to a complete stop if the driver was unable to do so.