The Maserati Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante get styling revisions and other minor changes for 2021.
The MC20 supercar and the Grecale compact crossover should appear sometime in the new year.
The Maserati GranTurismo should return for the 2022 model year.
Performance luxury brand Maserati had a rough year in North America, with sales drops of 35% in the United States and 34% in Canada through the 2020 calendar year. The COVID-19 pandemic is partly to blame, but also, the company’s product lineup is admittedly not getting any younger.
With two sedans and one crossover, it’s difficult for the brand to compete against German luxury automakers who are offering a slew of crossovers and high-performance cars. Now part of the newly formed Stellantis conglomerate, here’s what to expect from the Maserati brand in 2021.
First and foremost, Maserati has announced its intention of launching 13 new or redesigned models over the next three years, and some of them will turn up this year.
The 2022 Maserati MC20 will be the first new model to appear, rocking a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 that develops 621 horsepower (630 PS) and 538 pound-feet of torque. Offered as a coupe for now, the MC20 will eventually be launched as a convertible, and a fully electric powertrain is also expected at some point.
A new compact crossover called the 2022 Maserati Grecale will also be introduced which, given the current consumer appetite for utility vehicles, could quickly become the brand’s best-selling vehicle. Back in 2018, the brand announced that its future crossover would boast a class-leading power-to-weight ratio, 50/50 weight distribution, “superior ride and handling” as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain. A lot of things have changed since, and we still don’t know what will be found under the hood of the Grecale. We should find out soon enough.
The Maserati GranTurismo was discontinued for the 2019 model year, but the nameplate will return for the 2022 model year, and could debut in 2021. What was supposed to be the Maserati Alfieri, or at least what was announced back in 2018, will become the GranTurismo. Powertrain details are scarce at best, but it should get some form of electrification, which means either with hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full electric technology. A droptop version, once again called the GranCabrio or GranTurismo Convertible, should follow a year later.
The Maserati Ghibli rolls into the 2021 model year with a new grille and boomerang-shaped taillights, along with a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen and a revised instrument cluster. However, there’s a new Trefeo edition rocking a twin-turbo 3.8L V8 that develops 580 horsepower, allowing for 0-60 mph blasts of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 203 mph or 326 km/h. Meanwhile, there’s the tamer Ghibli S Q4 with AWD and a 424-hp twin-turbo 3.0L V6, the RWD Ghibli S with the same engine, and the base Ghibli with a 345-hp. The Canadian market gets only the S Q4 and the Trofeo. A Ghibli Hybrid was launched in 2020 with a 330-hp powertrain, but for now, it’s not available in North America.
The Maserati Quattroporte also benefits from similar styling revisions and interior changes as the Ghibli’s. the U.S. market gets three variants of the full-size sedan, including the Quattroporte S with the 424-hp V6, the S Q4 with the same engine and AWD, as well as the Trofeo with its 580-hp twin-turbo 3.8L V8—the latter replacing the 523-hp GTS. The Canadian market gets the S Q4 and the Trofeo.
Last but not least, the Maserati Levante midsize crossover is available in four trim levels in both countries. The base trim features the 345-hp twin-turbo V6, while the Levante S gets the 424-hp V6. Meanwhile, the GTS is equipped with a twin-turbo 3.8L V8 good for 550 horsepower, while the Trofeo receives a 580-hp version of the V8. The Levante receives grille and taillight revisions and a modified instrument cluster, but unlike the sedans, it retains an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen for now.