As we reported last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to go ahead with Maserati’s long-awaited Alfieri sportscar, endowing the new halo car with a couple of different electrified powertrain options to create what the company says will be the first “luxury EV coupe”. With both plug-in-hybrid and pure, battery-electric models in the pipeline, the Maserati Alfieri will serve as an integral part of not only FCA’s $10.5-billion electrification onslaught, but of Maserati’s continued global growth, as well.
The premium brand is targeting worldwide sales of 100k units per year, with a 15% operating margin, by 2022.
The Maserati Alfieri is slated to arrive no later than 2020. In its battery-electric flavor, the car will feature a three-motor “e-AWD” system with torque-vectoring, and an 800-volt battery system with 50-percent more energy density than other comparable systems, delivering a long range, quick charge times, tight packaging, and gobs of breathtaking performance. Weight will be kept in check by a light aluminum spaceframe, and the Maserati Alfieri will be available as either a coupe or a cabriolet.
Watch out, Tesla Roadster 2.0.
No power or torque figures are available, of course, but Tim Kuniskis, Head of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands, says that the electric Alfieri will be capable of sprinting to 100 kmph (62 mph) from a standstill in just 2 seconds, on to a top speed of around 300 kmph (186 mph) or more.
The Maserati Alfieri is by no means the brand’s only offering with electrified powertrains in its future; at FCA’s Investor Day presentation last week, Maserati also announced a new midsize utility vehicle that will slot in below the successful Levante in the lineup, which will offer a plug-in-hybrid option. What’s more, by 2022, brand-new versions of the Maserati Levante and Quattroporte are slated to arrive, touting the Alfieri’s same e-AWD battery-electric powertrain, in addition to a plug-in-hybrid system.
We believe there’s still more to come, as according to Kuniskis’ presentation, 100% of Maserati’s portfolio will offer electrification by 2022, encompassing a total of eight plug-in-hybrids and four battery-electric vehicles. Stay tuned.