Maserati is plotting to take the Porsche and Tesla, by launching ambitious new models in the next five years, including his long-awaited super sports car, the Alfieri, a small SUV, and four all-electric vehicles.
During the Capital Markets Day speech by the group’s parent, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Maserati CEO Tim Kuniskis said: “From a product point of view, it may look as if Maserati is a challenge, Porsche and Tesla. We are. We achieve this by the market-something that can match no other player in the industry.”
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He said a part of the brand’s uniqueness came from that all of the Maseratis, including the fully electric ones, powetrains created by Ferrari.
Leading the line-up would be a halo car, the Alfieri, available in coupe and convertible forms. It is based on a new aluminum space-frame, the drives with a fully modular chassis with three “state-of-the-art, including a plug-in hybrid,” according to Kuniskis. A fully electric version with a three-motor, all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring. It will be 800V-battery-technology.
Kuniskis said that the car “offer an unmatched combination of performance and luxury”, before revealing that it would be able to reach 62mph in around two seconds — so is he a rival for the hottest Tesla Model S variants — and have a top speed of more than 186 mph.
The Alfieri concept was shown for the first time in 2014, when it was powered by a V8 and planned production in 2016. But legislative pressure on emissions and fuel economy meant that the V6 powertrain was the preferred option. It is therefore likely that the Ferrari-built 3.0-Liter V6 unit, in the form of the Levante, the base of the Alfieri hybrid electric powertrain.
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Also confirmed by Kuniskis, a new SUV to sit below the Levante SUV in the Maserati range. To grow, spurred on by the success of the Levante, which has helped, Maserati’s annual volume of 30,000 units in 2014 to 50,000 units in the year 2017, the small SUV will seek to hunt you, even larger quantities. The goal is for Maserati to 100,000 cars by the year 2022.
Another important part of this new strategy, and the brand of the attack on Tesla, the Start-up of four fully-electric cars, sold under a new “Maserati Blue” moniker. In addition to the above-mentioned electric version of the Alfieri and Alfieri cabriolet, electric versions of the next Quattroporte, and Levante with the same drives.
Plug-in-hybrid versions of these cars are also charged, as part of Maserati’s plans to expand, in how many segments and categories as possible with each of his models. There are a total of eight plug-in-hybrid-Maseratis on the sale of 2022.
In addition, Maserati replaced the Ghibli up to the year 2022, while all other models are updated in the line-up. Included in the planned series of updates to the level 3 Autonomous tech that allows the car to drive itself in certain scenarios.
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