Italian Automaker Maserati Looks To Leapfrog Others With its Fully-Electric Grecale SUV

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【Summary】With Maserati planning to become an all-electric automaker by 2030, one of the first vehicles in the lineup will be the upcoming Grecale compact SUV.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    May 03, 2022 4:00 PM PT
Italian Automaker Maserati Looks To Leapfrog Others With its Fully-Electric Grecale SUV

Maserati unveiled shocking news when it announced that it would be becoming an all-electric brand by 2030. The Italian marque, which is known for its exotic performance vehicles, is launching a range of EVs under the Folgore brand name that stands for "lightning." The automaker just unveiled one of its upcoming electric vehicles under the new electric brand in the form of the Grecale compact SUV.

New Electric Compact SUV Coming

In terms of sizing, the Grecale will fit underneath midsize Levante. Beyond the size and giving people a look at the vehicle, Maserati is keeping a lot of the SUV's specifications on the all-electric model private. So, we don't have any information on the Grecale Folgore's battery size, charging times, or range.

The only thing we do know is that the Grecale Folgore will feature a 400-volt architecture and a 105-kWh battery pack. The electric SUV should have roughly 590 pound-feet of torque. When it comes to the platform, the Folgore trim will feature a modified version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Maserati executives stated that the Folgore model won't use a similar platform to Stellantis' other electric vehicles.

On top of the all-electric Grecale, Maserati has plans to introduce two mild-hybrid variants of the SUV, which will be called the GT and Moderna. As one expects, the automaker will also offer an ultra-powerful Trofeo version of the model. The base Grecale GT will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a mild-hybrid system. Output is rated at 296 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The next step up, the Modena, has the same engine that's been upgraded to make 325 horsepower.

The range-topping Trofeo shares the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine as Maserati's latest MC20 supercar. The V6 in the Grecale will be rated at 523 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, helping the SUV get to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.6 seconds.  

Other EVs Will Come Out First

Maserati has provided information on pricing. The GT version of the Grecale will start at $63,500, while the Modena Limited Edition carries a starting price tag of $77,400. Pricing for the electric version and the Trofeo isn't available yet. The electric Folgore is expected to arrive a year after other Grecale models.

Before Maserati comes out with the Grecale, the automaker will introduce electric versions of the GranTurismo sports coupe and GranCabriolet convertible. We also expect to see an M20 Spyder, a new Quattroporte four-door sports sedan, and an electric version of the Levante SUV under the Folgore range.

The all-electric Maserati Grecale will have plenty of competitors in the EV scene when it hits the market. The SUV will compete against the Mercedes-Benz EQE, Audi e-tron, BMW iX, and Porsche Taycan.

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