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For those consumers that are fans of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and looking forward to the new automotive group (Stellantis, after merging with the PSA Groupe), some consumers may be curious about the growing interest in electric vehicles. Flagships of Fiat Chrysler are currently breaking out electric vehicle (EV) tech and plug-in hybrids, like the Jeep Wrangler 4xe. In the midst of the automobile group is another strong automaker pulling on the reigns – Maserati. With plans to make its entire lineup electric, there should be some strong competition with competitors, internally and externally. Over the next five years, it seems every major automaker wants to have ten or more alternative fuel vehicles making up part of, if not all of, the lineup. Maserati, an Italian luxury automaker, has been slow to move, but slow and steady could win the race.
“All vehicles of Fiat Chrysler’s premium brand Maserati will be electrified, either hybrid or full-electric, in the next five years…The new Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio models will be electrified too, all our line-up will be electrified in the next five years,”- Davide Grasso, the head of Maserati
If any of this is to be believed, we will have to go back to 2018 when FCA first released the plants to “electrify” some of the brands under the umbrella. When it comes to the Maserati product portfolio, the automaker was still largely focused on continued release of winning vehicles like the Maserati Levante, with no sign of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles until 2022. At the same time, Maserati plans to release all-new or completely redesigned models of its current lineup, but 100-percent electrified.
Six new models are planned for launch by 2022 and will quickly double with eight plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and four battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). From these six, there will be a new Maserati entering the D-segment of automobiles, also known as the largest of passenger and family size cars. Alongside it will be a new Levante, Ghibli, Quattroporte, Alfieri, and Alfieri Cabrio. Aside from the mystery D-segment vehicles, all of these are planned to have some plug-in function for charging up the battery.
Maserati is also planning to release Level 3 autonomy in all of its vehicles. It’s a step up from the autonomous functions many automakers brag about today. Level 3 autonomy is where the vehicle can take over all driving functions “under certain circumstances” where non-complex environments are ideal. Driving around the city maybe not, but on the highway is where Level 3 automation will shine, but they still require a driver behind the wheel should something not operate the way it should. No sleeping at the wheel during the morning commute just yet.
As stated above, the first all-electric entries from Maserati will be the Gran Turismo, said to launch in 2021 with the six other new vehicles to follow. It’s just a good thing Maserati is a part of the FCA. Sure, Fiat Chrysler has been slow to make the move, but the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been on a winning streak since day one. Back in 2017, the upcoming hybrid Maserati Levante was said to be powered by the same technology. If anything, that should be a success.
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