Maserati said awhile back that it intends to enhance the amount of investment it will put towards electrification in an attempt to try and beef up its presence in the emerging green sector. But while the MC20 provided just a subtle taste of this green future, we have not seen anything else that provides a better glimpse into this revamped thinking. However, that changed today, with the company revealing a few images of a next-generation 2022 GranTurismo prototype that will help spearhead Maserati’s Tesla fighting ambitions.
A Long-Awaited Return
When the next-generation GranTurismo comes out, it will have some serious catching up to do. The last iteration of the GranTurismo was packed with luxury. It exuded V8 power, but it was also an aging fashion icon, with that version being in production for over 12 years before Maserati finally retired the model in 2019. This time around, the GranTurismo and its droptop counterpart, the GranCabrio, will play a prominent role in revamping Maserati’s long-term objectives. It appears that modernized styling will be the first thing on the menu.
The prototype’s camouflage confirms that the moniker will be carried over, but it does a good job hiding many finer details. Thankfully some of the key ones are still noticeable, with the car featuring an all-new front grille design and revamped headlights. Bigger lower air intakes are also visible, and it appears that the rims will be designed to help enhance aerodynamics too. It’s rumored that the GranTurismo has been in development since 2019, so it’s safe to assume that the COVID-19 pandemic delayed some aspects of its development.
Could The 2022 GranTurismo Be Powered By Folgore?
Not to be confused with Fulgore from the Killer Instinct video game series, This Folgore is the name of Maserati’s all-electric powertrain, which will be playing a growing role in the company moving forward. Folgore was designed to be a very flexible platform, with Maserati reps in the past claiming that it can be equipped with up to three electric motors. These motors not only support the all-wheel-drive but can even achieve a torque-vectoring effect in certain driving situations.
In addition to the GranTurismo family, the Folgore unit is also confirmed in the all-electric version of the MC20, but that car will not arrive on the scene until after the MC20 has a chance to settle into Maserati showrooms.
Maserati is keeping other details to itself, but look for more information to emerge on the revamped luxury coupe during the next few months.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.