Testing for the new Maserati GranTurismo has finally begun.
Maserati is in the midst of a major product expansion with a major focus on electrification. It started with the debut of the new MC20 supercar last year, and soon the Italian automaker will reveal its second SUV, the Grecale, which will slot below the Levante and rival the Porsche Macan. But what's happening with the GranTurismo?
After being on sale for over a decade, Maserati finally discontinued the GranTurismo for the 2020 model year. It bowed out in style with a stunning special edition model. We've been waiting for the next-generation GranTurismo to arrive ever since, and now prototype testing has begun.
Our spies have caught Maserati testing an early mule of the next-generation GranTurismo, seen hiding under the body of an Alfa Romeo Giulia. While it may look like a Giulia at first glance, the body is noticeably wider and the hood is significantly longer. We've seen Ferrari use the same tactic disguising the Purosangue as a Maserati Levante.
We also get a good look inside the interior, but it looks identical to the Giulia's cabin layout so Maserati isn't giving anything away at this stage. Hopefully, the styling will be inspired by the stunning Alfieri concept. As for the powertrain, we're expecting the new GranTurismo to be powered by the same 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 as the MC20.
In the MC20, this unit produces 621 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. However, Maserati has confirmed the MC20 will be the only model that uses the new twin-turbo V6, but its technology will carry over to other powerplants. There are also rumors the new GranTurismo will get a 4.0 liter V8 instead.
For the first time in its model history, the GranTurismo will also be offered with a fully electric powertrain known as Folgore, the Italian word for lightning. This setup will feature three electric motors, with one at the front and two at the rear. The new Maserati GranTurismo is expected to go on sale in 2022, so it could debut later this year. Like the last-generation version, it will be joined by a convertible GranCabrio later in its model lifecycle.