Maserati enters the luxury electric vehicle market with the all-electric Grecale compact SUV
Italian luxury carmaker Maserati has unveiled the Grecale, an all-new compact SUV that will come in a range of powertrains, including an all-electric version in 2023. It will spearhead Maserati’s plan to become a exclusively electric brand. by 2030.
Last week, Maserati announced plans to launch a range of electric vehicles bearing the Folgore brand name, which means “lightning bolt” in Italian. One of the first vehicles to sport this nameplate will be the Grecale, a crossover SUV that sits below the midsize Levante.
Maserati keeps most electric vehicle specs secret, including range, battery size and charging time. The electric Grecale will come with a 400-volt architecture, similar to that used by most electric vehicles on the road today.
The Folgore model will be based on its own EV platform and will not necessarily use parent company Stellantis’ EV-specific platforms, Maserati executives said last week. The electric Grecale will use a modified version of the Giorgio platform which is also used by the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
The grille will feature the Maserati trident logo, while the Folgore brand name will appear on the driver’s side front fender. At the rear, the boomerang taillights are inspired by the Giugiaro 3200 GT and follow the trapezoidal lines.
Inside, the infotainment system is powered by Maserati’s intelligent multimedia system. A three-dimensional Sonus audio system includes 14 speakers or 21 speakers at a higher trim level.
In addition to the electric version, Maserati will produce two mild-hybrid versions of the Grecale, the GT and the Moderna, as well as an ultra-powerful Trofeo variant. The Trofeo’s V6 petrol engine is based on the Nettuno engine used by Maserati’s MC20 sports car.
The GT variant will start at $63,500, while the Modena Limited Edition (which is only available via online reservation for a short time) starts at $77,400. Prices for the Trofeo and EV versions were not available.
Before the Grecale, however, there will be electric versions of the GranTurismo sports coupe and the GranCabriolet convertible. The rest of the Folgore lineup will be completed in the coming months, including the MC20 Spyder, a sister vehicle to the automaker’s ultra-luxury sports car, the new Quattroporte four-door sports sedan and an electric version of the top car. of the manufacturer. Levante SUV sale.
When it hits dealerships, the Maserati Grecale will compete with other luxury electric vehicles including the Porsche Taycan, BMW iX, Mercedes-Benz EQE and Audi E-tron.