Maserati showed a prototype of its first all-electric car, the Grecale, a midsized crossover that represents the next stage in the company’s aim to go totally electric by 2030. The Grecale will be available in two versions: gas and electric. The gas-engine variants will be available later this year, while the battery-electric vehicle from Maserati’s new electrified Folgore (“Thunderbolt”) portfolio will be available in 2023.
Maserati’s dual-pronged strategy lets the company to maintain its reputation for powerful internal combustion engines — the Grecale’s highest trim features the same 523-hp twin-turbo V6 engine found in the Maserati MC20 sports car – while also shifting to battery technology. The Grecale Folgore will be the first of six electric vehicles Maserati wants to produce by 2025, marking a milestone on the company’s path to becoming an all-electric brand.
The all-electric Grecale, Granturismo, and Grancabrio GTS will appear in 2023 as part of Maserati’s Folgore lineup. By 2025, it will have battery-electric versions of its MC20 Spyder, Levante SUV, and Quattroporte sedan. Grecale, which is named after a Greek breeze, will be the automaker’s second utility vehicle. 60 percent of the brand’s sales are accounted for by the bigger Levante SUV, which was introduced in 2017. Because it taps into expanding customer demand for both luxury SUVs and electric cars, the Grecale is projected to be a top seller for the company.
The Grecale EV was not given a price or a range estimate by Maserati. However, the business did unveil some of the forthcoming vehicle’s features, including a Sonus faber sound system with a 21-speaker option, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, an 8.8-inch display for extra controls, and “segment-leading” passenger and cargo capacity, according to the carmaker. Maserati CEO Davide Grasso said last week that the company spent more than 18 months fine-tuning the sound of its electric motors.
“The Maserati sound has always been a very important part of establishing the brand and the product,” stated Grasso. “It’s been a long and arduous process, but I’m incredibly pleased with the outcomes.” The Italian manufacturer is concentrating on battery technology as its parent company, Stellantis, a joint venture between Fiat-Chrysler and PSA Group, aims to sell 5 million electric vehicles globally by 2030. To accomplish its target of generating half of its U.S. sales from EVs and becoming a wholly electric brand in Europe, the business expects to launch more than 75 battery-electric vehicles.