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Meet the Maserati Grecale - a Reworked Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Meet the Maserati Grecale - a Reworked Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Maserati’s second SUV is called the Grecale and arrives in 2021

It’s been only four years since Maserati joined the SUV market with the Levante, and the Italian brand confirmed that it will introduce a second hauler in 2021. The midsize Levante will be joined by a smaller, compact-sized SUV that will share underpinnings with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. It’s called the Grecale, it will arrive in the first half of 2021, and it will be offered with an all-electric drivetrain alongside the usual gasoline mills.

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Maserati Wants The MC20 To Go Racing, Does It Stand a Chance?

Maserati Wants The MC20 To Go Racing, Does It Stand a Chance?

Analyzing Maserati’s latest bid at racing glory by looking back at its predecessors

Maserati unveiled the MC20, its first supercar in 15 years, and claimed this 621-horsepower, mid-engined model is the sign of rejuvenation for the brand and, also, the perfect way for the Trident to go back to its roots.

That means, of course, that Maserati plans to build a racing version of the MC20 and thus some questions arise right off the bat: On the one hand, where will it race? And, on the other, will it stand a chance against the opposition? Read on to find out our take on Maserati’s official return to racing.

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Maserati Confirmed An All-Electric MC20: Here's What We Know

Maserati Confirmed An All-Electric MC20: Here’s What We Know

Maserati is planning to introduce at least three EVs in 2021

Maserati just unveiled the MC20, a spiritual successor to the MC12. Unlike its predecessor, it features a twin-turbo V-6 engine instead of a naturally aspirated V-12, but it will be the company’s first flagship sports car in years and it will also go racing. More importantly, the MC20 will become available with an all-electric drivetrain. Here’s what we know about the upcoming sports EV.

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Breaking: Here's the Maserati MC20 Before You're Supposed to See It

Breaking: Here’s the Maserati MC20 Before You’re Supposed to See It

2021 Maserati MC20 leaked before official unveiling

The 2021 Maserati MC20, the company’s first full-fledged sports car in a really long time, is set to debut today, September 9. The unveiling will take place in the evening, but we can already have a look at the new MC20 thanks to a handful of photos that have surfaced the web earlier than they should have.

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2021 Maserati MC20

2021 Maserati MC20

Maserati’s return to the sports car realm looks very good, even under wraps

Back in March, Maserati announced that the upcoming MC20 was ready to hit the world’s roads and tracks as pre-production testing kicked off. We also saw a lot of pictures of test mules doing their thing, coupled with all sorts of hearsay looking to fill the blanks Maserati left after revealing some of the MC20’s traits of character. Here’s all we know up to this point.

Update 9-10-2020: Maserati has finally revealed the MC20. While we work to update this in-depth review, you can check out all the new images in the slider above or check out the links below to learn more about it!

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The Maserati MC20 Is Coming Soon - Here's What You Can Expect

The Maserati MC20 Is Coming Soon - Here’s What You Can Expect

The spiritual successor to the iconic Maserati MC12 is finally coming!

Originally scheduled to debut in May 2020, the highly anticipated Maserati MC20 was postponed due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Rumors hinted at a September unveiled, and it seems they were right. Maserati just confirmed on Twitter that the sports car will break cover on September 9. The announcement comes with a short video teaser showing the MC20’s silhouette, but official details remain under wraps.

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Report: Maserati's New Twin-Turbo V-6 Will Produce a Cool 542 Horsepower

Report: Maserati’s New Twin-Turbo V-6 Will Produce a Cool 542 Horsepower

Maserati is working on a new twin-turbo V-6 that will replace the Ferrari-built V-8

The fact that Maserati’s upcoming MC20 sports car will feature a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 is no longer a secret, but we finally know how much power it will develop. What’s more, it seems that the V-6 will find its way into other Maserati vehicles too.

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An Italian, Twin-Turbo V-6 Will Breath Life Into the 2021 Maserati MC20

An Italian, Twin-Turbo V-6 Will Breath Life Into the 2021 Maserati MC20

Its unveiling was postponed until September

Maserati is now mostly known for high-performance grand tourers and sedan, but it has build some mid-engine vehicles back in the day too. The most recent example is the incredible MC12, which has already evolved into an expensive classic. Maserati will launch its first mid-engined vehicle in 2021, 16 years after the MC12 was discontinued. It will be called the MC20 and word has it power will come from a twin-turbo V-6 engine.

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Maserati Just Confirmed a Debut for May 2020 – Is It the new Alfieri Sports Car?

Maserati Just Confirmed a Debut for May 2020 – Is It the new Alfieri Sports Car?

The Alfieri was previously expected for 2020, so this teaser is almost as good as confirmation

A new teaser hints that the Maserati Alfieri will make its debut in May of 2020 – amazing news when you consider the fact that some FCA Companies (like Alfa Romeo) are in turmoil and subject to serious cutbacks. Fortunately, this teaser not only proves that Maserati’s roadmap to 2023 is still intact, but also that the company is right on plan to deliver that “all-new Sportscar” sometime in 2020. Here’s why this teaser is a confirmation that the new Alfieri is finally coming.

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Maserati's Lineup Set to Get a Much-Need Jolt of Life

Maserati’s Lineup Set to Get a Much-Need Jolt of Life

Let’s just hope all of the new doesn’t look like the old

When you attend auto shows as often as we do, it starts to become obvious what automakers are arrogant, which ones get more attention than they deserve, and which ones are completely lost. Maserati falls into a couple of these categories, and the middle one isn’t one of them. It’s not that the company doesn’t have good-looking cars; it surely does. The Ghibli, Levante, and the GranTurismo are all gorgeous cars in their own right. For starters, the brand keeps its show vehicles blocked off like there’s a dead body hidden in one of their trucks – this is where the arrogance comes in. But, part of its biggest problem is that the Maserati booth almost never gets any attention. The Maserati booth is almost empty for the press preview and manufacturer preview days, and when the doors open to the public, they don’t get the attention they really deserve.

Part of that has to do with an aging lineup and the fact that the company doesn’t really do much to differentiate its models from each other or other models on the market. All of that is set to change, though, starting in 2020, but things will get even better within the first few years of the new decade.

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2019 Maserati Ghibli Ribelle

2019 Maserati Ghibli Ribelle

Not for the U.S. market...

The Maserati Ghibli Rebelle is a limited-edition version of the company’s midsize luxury sedan. Created exclusively for the EMEA markets, which include Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the Ghibli Rebelle features extra luxury equipment and is limited to only 200 units.

Although it’s already five years old as of 2013, the Ghibli remains a cool sedan that blends the elegance of the bigger Quattroporte with sportier styling cues and the aggressiveness of its Ferrari-developed engine options. However, the sedan is slowly moving toward the end of its life-cycle, and Maserati is trying to keep things fresh with limited-edition models. The Ribelle focuses around a more elegant interior trim and a pitch black exterior.

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The Top 5 Cars We're Excited To See From FCA in The Next Four Years

The Top 5 Cars We’re Excited To See From FCA in The Next Four Years

There’s a mix of sports cars, SUVs, and a whole lot more

It wasn’t that long ago that the late Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled a massive four-year plan for all the auto brands belonging to the American automaker. There were a lot of announcements involving brands like Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, RAM, and Maserati. Some of the announcements were expected, but there were also some announcements that left a lot of people surprised and excited for what’s to come. All in all, more than 25 new vehicles are being planned over the next four years, including the five models that we’re most excited to see.

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2018 Maserati Levante GTS

2018 Maserati Levante GTS

A Ferrari V-8 under the hood makes it just that much better

Maserati’s full-size luxury performance SUV was first unveiled as the Kubang concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The production model was then officially unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show as the Levante. When it finally broke cover, the details were impressive - the exterior was pure Italian premium goodness, the cabin was opulent and well-appointed, and a sizable dose of adrenaline lay in wait under the hood. Now, there’s even more fun to be had with the release of the go-faster Levante GTS, which promises tons of performance cues both inside and out, as well as Ferrari-style grunt with every stab of the loud pedal.

Revealed at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K., the Levante GTS is offered as the penultimate model in the Levante lineup, slotting in just below the Levante Trofeo. As such, the GTS looks to bring much of the same good stuff, but without the over-the-top approach of the SUV flagship. Read on to find out how it manages a balancing act like that.

Updated 07/13/2018: The Maserati Levante GTS is here! Check out our full written review below.

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Maserati Is Going Hybrid in 2019

Maserati Is Going Hybrid in 2019

Bye-bye naturally aspirated, high-revving power!

Founded in late 2014, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles alliance isn’t doing particularly well, despite initial high hopes and what appeared to be a solid five-year production plan. With Jeep reported to do better than the entire group, FCA needs to act fast if it wants to keep up with the likes of GM, Toyota, and the Volkswagen Group or even avoid facing a second bankruptcy. Company CEO Sergio Marchionne is well aware of that and devised a new five-year plan that revolves around launching a host of plug-in hybrid vehicles. This is far from surprising, but interestingly enough, Marchionne wants Maserati to lead this offensive with full electrification from 2019 onward.

The Italian boss didn’t have much info to share, but it seems that the plan is for all Maserati vehicles launched in 2019 and beyond to plug-in hybrid or all-electric drivetrains. “When it completes the development of its next two models, it will effectively switch all of its portfolio to electrification," he told journalists. "As these products come up for renewal post 2019, it will start launching vehicles which are all-electric and which embody, I think, what will be considered state of the art technology." In addition to that, more than half the FCA fleet will be electrified in some way by 2022.

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Maserati Opens The Door For a Second SUV

Maserati Opens The Door For a Second SUV

The Levante’s success has Maserati pondering another SUV

Say what you will about the sudden rush among automakers to enter the SUV market, but the numbers don’t lie. SUVs are arguably the most popular segment in the industry today and everyone wants a piece of it. Take Maserati for example. The Italian automaker best known for its line of performance and luxury machines launched the Levante SUV back in 2016 and it’s already posting strong sales numbers, according to company boss Reid Bigland. The success of the Levante has now opened the possibility for Maserati to double down on the market with a new SUV.

To be clear, Bigland stopped short of actually confirming the company’s plans to build another SUV, opting only to say that if “customer preference continues to evolve,” Maserati will take that into strong consideration should it decide that the Levante would need a running-mate to compete against a field of strong competitors. There’s already a precedent for Maserati to think in this terms, specifically the way Porsche has managed to parlay the Cayenne’s popularity to create a family of models that now includes the Macan. As it stands, the Levante is already on pace to sell 25,000 units this year after posting 14,000 sold units of the model in 2016. It certainly wouldn’t be shocking to see the Italian automaker to move in the direction of adding another SUV to its lineup. The question now is how and when it’s going to do it.

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Maserati Eyeing High-Performance Levante SUV; No Plans For New Sports Car Until 2020

Maserati Eyeing High-Performance Levante SUV; No Plans For New Sports Car Until 2020

The changing fates of both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models could push Maserati towards a high-performance Levante

If there’s anything the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has taught us, it’s that there’s plenty of room for high-performance SUVs in the premium SUV market. Now, it seems that Alfa Romeo’s sister brand, Maserati, is gearing up to join in on the fun as the Italian automaker has expressed interest in launching a high-performance version of the Levante SUV.

Maserati global operations chief Alberto Cavaggioni made the proclamation, telling Autocar that the company is open to the possibility, provided that it can make a good business case for it. Ah yes, that all-too familiar “business case” phrase. It’s the automotive equivalent of “we’ll see” that parents tell their children when the little ones want to buy a toy.

On a more serious note, Cavaggioni pointed out that Maserati has the capability to introduce a performance version of the Levante SUV. For one, it has a 3.8-liter V-8 engine that it can use for the SUV. It’s the same engine that powers the Quattroporte sedan and it’s good for 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, putting it right smack in the middle of the 505-horsepower Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV and the 542-horsepower Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

The concern – because there always has to be one – is whether a high-performance Levante can move the needle in a market that’s become increasingly more competitive. It’s not just the Stelvio QV and the F-Pace SVR that Maserati has to contend with. Other models like BMW’s entire lineup of M SUVs also populate the segment, as does Mercedes-AMG with the likes of the AMG GLE. Even Audi has expressed interest in beefing up its RS line to add more SUVs into the mix.

If Maserati does push forward with a performance version of the Levante, Cavaggioni says that it needs to be “justified by volumes.” It’s admittedly easier said than done, but given how so many brands have already made that leap, Maserati may not have a choice but to take that plunge since it has a lot riding on the SUV to carry the company in the next few years.

It’s especially more crucial for a performance Levante to enter the fray in light of conflicting reports regarding the status of both GranTurismo and GranCabrio models. Remember, Maserati Europe general manager Giulio Pastore told Autocar that both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models will get updated in 2018 and 2019, respectively. But a new report from Car Magazine also quotes Pastore hinting that Maserati could go three years (2018 to 2020) without a sports car in its lineup.

Whatever happens to both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models, one thing appears clear, at least from the outside. A high-performance Levante SUV is an important model for the Italian automaker. The only question is whether Maserati wants to make that leap.

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Maserati Alfieri Gets Pushed Back Until 2020

Maserati Alfieri Gets Pushed Back Until 2020

Granturismo and Grancabrio models will get the earlier production dates

Maserati may have billed the Alfieri as a “true sports car,” but apparently, but apparently, even those flowery words weren’t enough for the Italian automaker to stick to its initial timetable. According to Autocar, Maserati has recalibrated the launch dates of the Alfieri, as well as the Granturismo and Grancabrio 2+2 GT. The initial plan was to launch the Alfieri between 2018 and 2019 with the Granturismo and Grancabrio 2+2 GT following suit in 2020 and 2021, respectively. But now, the latter two cars are now slated to be replaced in 2018 and 2019 with the Alfieri following suit in 2020.

The Italian automaker didn’t specifically explain the rationale behind the switch in timetables and the only thing that came close to an explanation came from Maserati Europe general manager Giulio Pastore, who told Autocar that both the Granturismo and Grancabrio models are “vital elements of the Maserati lineup.”

Vague as that may be, the decision likely boils down to Maserati having a change of heart regarding the status of some of its models, most notably the Grancabrio, which was previously linked to getting the proverbial axe. In fact, Maserati’s previous product plan stated that the Grancabrio was going to be replaced by a soft-top Alfieri.

Now it looks like the Grancabrio will live to see another day as Maserati continues to build up its product portfolio. There’s no word yet on whether the Alfieri will still get a soft top variant now that the Grancabrio is going to stick, but don’t expect an answer to arrive soon now that the Alfieri’s own production timetable has been moved back.

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Maserati Confirms Development Of EV Model, Scheduled For 2020 Launch

Maserati Confirms Development Of EV Model, Scheduled For 2020 Launch

Better late than compromise brand identity

Like a lot of automakers in the industry today, Maserati is joining the electric car revolution. It just won’t subvert itself to the timetable of its rivals. That was the sentiment shared by Maserati’s engineering boss Roberto Fedeli in a recent conversation with Car and Driver, According to Fedeli, the Italian automaker has received an edict from parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to release a Maserati EV “as soon as possible.” That’s all well and good from Maserati’s point of view, but circumstances surrounding the development of the Maserati EV puts the company’s timetable to begin development of the car in 2019.

When it does arrive, don’t expect it to be branded as a rival to Tesla, or any of the other models that premium automakers like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Lexus are expected to already have by that time. The Maserati EV will be “specialized and low volume,” potentially hinting that it could be one of the most premium options of any EV that’s in the market by 2020. “We will be last (with a production EV), and we have to arrive to the market with something different,” Fedeli said, before adding, “Very different.”

The stretched timetable is something the company admits could be an issue, but it also knows that it can’t compromise the performance roots of Maserati just so it can accommodate an EV into its lineup. Certain features like luxury and sound are two of Maserati’s calling cards and the company’s future EV model needs to at least have both that meets the Italian automaker’s standards.

Fortunately, the three- to four-year timetable gives Maserati enough time to address these issues. It’s doing so at the expense of being one of the last premium brands to launch an EV, but if it means having a Maserati EV that stays true to the company’s ethos, then it doesn’t matter if it’s late as long as it remains a true Maserati.

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Maserati Considering A Successor To The MC12 Supercar

Maserati Considering A Successor To The MC12 Supercar

There are no immediate plans to do so but it’s a possibility now

Some people may not remember it, but 12 years ago, Maserati released the MC12, a low-volume supercar that traced its roots to the Ferrari Enzo. It quickly sold out and just like that, Maserati’s venture into the world of limited edition exotics ended. Fast forward to 2016, and it looks like Ferrari’s former sister company could once again look in that direction.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Technology Officer and former Maserati boss, Harald Wester, said as much in a conversation with Autocar, confirming that a limited edition supercar in the vein of the MC12 could be built at some point in the future. The only caveat is to not expect it anytime soon. For now, the Italian automaker has more pressing matters to deal with, including minor updates for both the Ghibli and the Quattroporte later this year. Its production facility in Modena is also busy building the 4C for Alfa Romeo, another one of its siblings under the Fiat Chrysler umbrella.

Beyond that, there are also plans to replace the aging GranTurismo, which is on its last legs after first being introduced in 2007. Wester didn’t dive into the details of the planned successor, opting only to say that the automaker will adopt an entirely new formula that will take advantage of the “accelerating technology” the company has its disposal. The new GranTurismo, or whatever other name it ends up having, will likely remain as the face of Maserati’s entire lineup, at least until Maserati reveals its cards on its new low-volume supercar and the timetable it has before it hits the market.

On that note, we’ll all just have to wait and see.

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Fiat-Chrysler Considering Maserati Electric Sports Car

Fiat-Chrysler Considering Maserati Electric Sports Car

Could this EV sports car be FCA’s answer to Tesla?

Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne has once again opened the door for the company to begin adding full electric vehicles to its lineup of brands, including one for Maserati - an electric sports car - that could be developed to compete against Tesla.

The Maserati Alfieri, in particular, was hinted at as a possible model that could spawn a battery-electric version. He didn’t dive into the specifics of this consideration, but he did tell Bloomberg that a Maserati electric sports car shouldn’t be expected in the near future, or at least not until the Italian automaker completes its five-year plan that ends in 2018. Given that Maserati’s time table is two years away, it’s reasonable to think that this won’t be the last we hear of a possible EV version of the Alfieri.

Remember, this isn’t the first time that Marchionne has hinted on a possible Tesla fighter, although this is the first time we’ve heard any EV ties to the Alfieri. Back in April 2016, the FCA chief told Automotive News Europe that it’s looking at the success of the Tesla Model 3 and if it proves to be successful, FCA would “copy the formula, add the Italian design flair, and get it to the market within 12 months."

The FCA chief was a little more realistic this time, saying that FCA isn’t in any rush to fully commit to electric vehicles and that the company will have to experiment with the feasibility of EVs the same way it’s doing now to connected cars and mobility. But, this is the second time in three months that we’ve heard Marchionne discuss the potential of a Tesla fighter. That may or may not mean something in the long run, but the fact that the Maserati Alfieri’s name was specifically mentioned may be a hint that there’s more going on within FCA and Maserati than meets the eye.

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Maserati Hopes Its Profits Will Increase Once Levante Out

Maserati Hopes Its Profits Will Increase Once Levante Out

Maserati has been passed from owner to owner so many times over the years that at certain points it would have been reasonable to expect to find it at a garage sale. But under Fiat ownership, the company briefly seemed to have turned around, with last year being the automakers best sales year in its 100-year history. And now profits are already falling again, down by a whopping 30 percent so far from last year. This is partly due to falling sales, which are down 13 percent, but also because many of those who would have bought the more expensive 2014-2015 Maserati Quattroporte flagship sedan are now instead opting for the cheaper 2014-2015 Maserati Ghibli. Imported luxury car sales are down in China as well, although this is not a uniquely Maserati problem.

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has placed his faith in the upcoming 2016 Maserati Levante, saying that the company will return to profitability once the SUV hits showrooms early next year. There is quite a good chance that this is true, and there is certainly a precedent for it, but FCA investors are worried. This is a pretty major stumbling block for Maserati to hit so early on in its revival, and it doesn’t bode well for the upcoming Alfa Romeo revival.

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