Following in the footsteps of heavy hitters in the luxury car scene, Maserati is now offering an
electric vehicle. It’squite a shift from its Ferrari-built internal combustion engines.
Only the second
SUVever released by the company, the Grecale Folgore is all-electric. Maserati’s first electric car is the anticipated four-seat Granturismo Folgore, which cranks out 1,200 hp.
A first look at the Maserati Grecale Folgore
We expect the Grecale to be available with a high-performing V6 engine or a four-cylinder engine that uses a mild hybrid system. Later in 2022, we’ll start seeing the gas-powered versions hit the market. And the Grecale Folgore, the all-electric version, will go on sale next year.
According to Maserati, the Grecale Trofeo will come with a whopping 523 hp and go from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds. Top speeds for the vehicles are predicted to be around 177 mph.
Performance figures and horsepower for the electric Grecale Folgore have yet to be announced. We do know that it’s got a low-mounted grille, high-mounted headlights, and it's ready to party.
Rounding out the Grecale lineup
The Grecale GT “embodies the brand’s most urban, minimal, and contemporary spirit,” according to Maserati. Drivers will enjoy a mild-hybrid electrically-supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
MotorTrend, “Maserati says the 2.0-liter mild-hybrid setup produces 296 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and will be capable of hustling from 0-60 mph in a respectable 5.3 seconds.”
For fans of the great outdoors and timeless elegance, the Grecale Modena has a boosted version of the GT’s engine. It can crank out 355 hp and jump from 0 to 60 mph in five seconds.
According to CNN, “Maserati has only recently started production of the new MC20 supercar, which has a Maserati-designed and built 630 horsepower V6 engine.” The $216,000 auto is the only Maserati that doesn’t sport a Ferrari-made engine.
As you may have guessed, the all-electric Grecale doesn’t have an engine. According to MotorTrend, “Hitting the market in late 2023, the 2024 Grecale Folgore ("Thunderbolt" in Italian, and a future signifier of Maserati EVs) [is] the final piece of the Grecale puzzle.”
While a limited amount of details have been shared, Maserati tells us that it will sport a 105-kWh battery pack using 400-volt technology and up to 590 lb-ft of torque. This means various motor options could be available.
“Maserati hasn't released fuel economy or electric range yet, but it promises the mild-hybrids will offer up subcompact SUV-like fuel economy in spite of their two-sizes-bigger footprints,” MotorTrend notes.
A clean and refreshing interior
Compared to other recent Maserati models, the Grecale is surprisingly modern. Multiple screens are cleanly arranged with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen as the main focal point. An 8.8-inch touchscreen sits lower for comfort features and HVAC. And let’s not forget that G-meter.
The steering wheel features physical controls for an interactive driving experience. According to MotorTrend, “The ovoid-shaped wheel is flanked by meaty aluminum shift paddles and includes buttons for the infotainment and advanced driver assist system controls, a large engine start button, and a combination drive mode selector/suspension adjuster.”
A digital instrument cluster is shown on a 12.3-inch display and the passengers in the rear seats get to enjoy their own screen as well. If you want another screen, there’s an optional head-up display, which converts the lower area of the windshield by the driver's side into another digital convenience.
The SUV has a premium feel and is much more spacious and sophisticated than the full-size Levante SUV.
Can you buy the Maserati Grecale Folgore?
Maserati hasn’t broken down the starting rates for the entire Grecale lineup, but we’re not exactly talking bargain prices here.
According to MotorTrend, “The Grecale GT will start at $64,995, which is more than base-model offerings from Audi, Alfa Romeo, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, but slightly less than an entry-level Porsche Cayenne.”
A reservation-only Grecale Modena Limited Edition will be for sale with your choice of five colors and 21-inch wheels. The company started accepting $500 refundable deposits for the $78,895 car since late March 2022.
The Italian automaker plans to release its lineup of electric cars by 2025. And from 2030 and beyond, they hope to only offer electric vehicles.