We have known that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) premium Maserati brand, is leaning towards electricity for the future of its model lineup for the past few years. But while the brand has teased us over the past six months with its upcoming super sportscar the MC20, Maserati has now dropped a new teaser revolving one of its more popular models.
The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid was supposed to make its debut back in April at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show due to the COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) pandemic (thanks Coronavirus). However, when the show got canceled, it left a lot of questions surrounding Maserati’s first new electrified model to hit the lineup. Now in a short teaser trailer, we are getting the build-up to the official unveiling.
In the teaser trailer, a lightning bolt strikes the brand’s signature trident logo on top of the Maserati Headquarters in Modena. The trident glows after being struck, sending a shock through the building. The teaser is included with a new hashtag (#SparkTheNext). We expect there be more to follow using that hashtag over the next few weeks.
— Maserati (@Maserati_HQ) June 3, 2020
There isn’t a lot that is known about the updated Ghibli Hybrid, except for the fact it will be a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). We do know that it will feature the 2.0-liter GME-T4 engine under the hood, thanks to recent spy photos with 330 horsepower. That is not surprising considering that the Wrangler 4xe PHEV will also use the 2.0-liter GME-T4 as part of the powertrain as well.
While not much is changing on the exterior of the updated Ghibli Hybrid, we expect that the interior will feature some new upgrades including a new Uconnect-based touchscreen system and an all-digital instrument cluster.
According to FCA’s third-quarter statement released last year, the updated future plans of the brand will include a refresh on the Levante and Quattroporte models this year as well. The launch of the new electrified MC20 will bring a hardtop model this year, with the addition of a roadster in 2021. A new electrified D-SUV and an all-new Gran Turismo with a PHEV version will also be joining the lineup for the 2021 model year.