Maserati announces plans for new electric and autonomous cars

By DPA | 27 September 2019

MODENA: Maserati has announced plans to introduce a number of new high-powered electric cars onto roads as part of a major investment into hybrid and battery propulsion, as well as autonomous driving.

Starting with the marque's first hybrid electric, the Maserati Ghibli, the Fiat-Chrysler-owned muscle car maker said its new models would be made in Italy and feature new battery technology, different driving modes and ultra-fast charging. A new Maserati utility vehicle is also in the works.

The Italian luxury brand's first fully electric cars are set to be the GranTurismo and GranCabrio, the maker said.

Maserati Ghibli - 35

Maserati also wants you to be able to take your hands off the wheel of a high speed sports car, and is working towards level-three autonomous driving, meaning a car that can change lanes on its own or stop at the side of the road if the driver is incapacitated.

The company said it was working on upgrading the production line in its Modena plant to ready it for electric powertrains.

The first pre-series cars are set to roll off the line by 2021, Maserati said.