Prototype electric Maserati GranTurismo spotted ahead of 2022 debut

The new Maserati GranTurismo will make its debut next year with a freshly designed pure-electric powertrain

Maserati has served up an official glimpse of the next-generation GranTurismo, and the Italian brand has confirmed that it will go on sale with an all-electric powertrain.

The GranTurismo EV is expected to arrive in 2022, and it’ll compete against the likes of the Tesla Model S Plaid and the Porsche Taycan. Unlike its main rivals, though, it’ll have a traditional two-door GT car layout with a long bonnet, a short tail and a two-seat interior.

The images intentionally hide some of the finer details of the new car’s design. Despite this, it’s clear to see that the car will take inspiration from the 2014 Alfieri concept, sharing the same flared haunches, creased bonnet and broad grille.

The narrow headlamps look similar to those found on the MC20 supercar and, at the rear, we’re expecting the latest iteration of Maserati’s “boomerang” tail lights, which should also make an appearance on the upcoming Grecale SUV.

Maserati hasn’t released any specifications on the new GranTurismo’s electric powertrain, but back in 2019, during an investor presentation on its future electrified models, Maserati said it was planning a three-motor, all-wheel drive powertrain for its upcoming electric sports coupe.

The system was touted to feature the latest 800V charging technology and “over 50 percent more power” than the old V8 petrol model, which would give the EV an output of around 680bhp. Maserati also said that the car will be lightweight and that the electrical system will have a minimal impact on interior space and boot capacity. 

A long driving range and quick charge times were also promised, but we’re yet to receive figures to back up those claims. To be competitive in its class, though, the new GranTurismo will need to cover around 300 miles between trips to the plug and be able to take on an 80 percent charge in around 20 minutes when connected to a DC rapid charger.

Maserati also aims to introduce more driver assistance equipment on its next-generation models, potentially stepping up to Level 3 autonomous technology. This would allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel and direct their attention elsewhere under certain circumstances such as motorway driving.

Now read our review of the current Maserati GranTurismo. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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