As a mild hybrid there’s nothing to plug in, no weight penalty of massive batteries and you get a regular petrol model’s touring range, but this is not a car that can drive in emissions-free electric mode. However, as other cars from Ford Focus up have shown, a 48-volt starter-generator can deliver a beneficial double whammy, filling in gaps in the torque curve for a performance boost while recovering energy otherwise lost when you lift-off, for a benefit to mpg and emissions.
Blue, increasingly the electric colour of choice among the carmakers, is used on body and interior accents to distinguish the hybrid version. With flashes of blue on side ducts, brake calipers, the trident badge and seat upholstery, it’s very restrained. As is the restyling: there are tweaks to the front grille but biggest changes are at the rear which, with new lights inspired by the old 3200GT’s boomerang lights, is now much neater. Inside there’s a new instrument panel, larger dashboard screen and improvements to connectivity.
Priced from around £58,220 and available to order now, Maserati’s journey into electrification promises to get busy with the same powertrain likely to pop up in the Levante SUV and the battery-powered new GT and Cabrio models on their way. Plus expect some form of electric wizardry behind the long-awaited new sports car, the MC20, which will be unveiled in Modena on 9 September.