Maserati has begun to develop the plug-in hybrid system for an upcoming electrified Ghibli model, the brand’s first vehicle to carry an electric powertrain.
The plug-in hybrid model is likely to go up against the likes of the BMW 530e and Mercedes-Benz E300e and marks a transition as the company becomes electric-only, as the firm also confirmed production of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio – the first models to carry electric-only powertrains – will begin next year.
Information about the powertrain, performance, range, price or on-sale dates for any of the models have not been revealed at this stage.
In 2019, Maserati registered 933 vehicles in the UK, a fall of 28% compared with its 2018 total of 1,297 vehicles.
The new models will be produced at FCA’s Mirafiori plant, which also builds the electric Fiat 500, as the plant is being transformed into an electric-only production hub thanks to an €800 million investment being made by the group, including building a brand-new battery assembly plant.
In addition to the Ghibli PHEV and electric GranTurismo and GranCabrio models, the Italian brand confirmed it is to build a new SUV that will sit below the Levante SUV that will start production by the end of the year.