Maserati is considering a number of alternative-fuel options for future models, including conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and 48-volt hybrid as well as pure electric models.
An all-electric model, such as the rumoured Alfieri sportscar, is not possible on the current platform, so it is likely a hybrid will be launched first, which can be incorporated into the existing structure. “The current platform allows for hybrid,” said Maserati Europe boss Giulio Pastore. "We are working on it for 2019 when we will be ready to offer hybridisation.”
Previously, Maserati has said it would launch a plug-in hybrid late next year, but this has now been delayed.
While Pastore would not be drawn on which model would feature a hybrid first, Pastore noted that the Levante has previously been tabled in the media as the most likely option. The Granturismo and Grancabrio replacements are also due around 2019, and could be possible candidates to first incorporate the technology.
Pastore commented that existing models within the FCA group, such as the Chrysler Pacifica - which uses a plug-in hybrid - demonstrate that the technology exists already in the company. “We’re exploring different ways to get hybrid, looking at both plug-in and standard, as well as 48v system and full-electric cars. Everyone is trying to understand what is best.”
Global operations boss Alberto Cavaggioni added: “The world changed and we need to have time to see the real effects to have a clear idea [on what route to go down].”