The Italian firm Maserati is currently the apex of the Stellantis group. The Franco-Italian-American conglomerate has big plans for the historic luxury brand, which it will strengthen through a complete renovation of its range (which will also be heavily electrified) to stand up to the almighty Porsche, belonging to the Volkswagen Group.
For this reason, all its new models will have 100% electric versions. Although the first proposal of the “new” Maserati has been the MC20 supercar, designed to reinforce the company’s image, the imminent Grecale will be much more important in terms of sales volume and profitability.
Developed on Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform, the Grecale will become the entry car of the Maserati family. It will fit into segment D (medium SUV), thus rivaling the Porsche Macan, whose next-generation (scheduled for next year) will be offered exclusively with 100% electric powertrains.
The Maserati Grecale , however, will be marketed with thermal engines (possibly the 2.0 turbo mild-hybrid seen in the Ghibli and Levante, as well as the 3.0 V6 Biturbo “Nettuno” of the MC20) as well as electric. This latest version, which will receive the commercial name Folgore (“Lightning” in Italian), will have an 800-volt electrical system and a drive train made up of three motors (one on the front axle, two on the rear). This same set will also be used in the brand’s next electric launches (Folgore versions of the MC20, GranTurismo, GranCabrio, Levante, Quattroporte…).
The Maserati Grecale Folgore will equip three electric motors
After being forced to postpone its presentation last year due to a series of problems in the supply chain, Maserati has confirmed that the Grecale will be presented on March 22. Its production will take place at the Italian plant in Cassino, where the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is also manufactured. Given that Maserati aims for SUVs (Grecale and Levante) to account for 70% of its sales by 2025, this launch will be key to its future.
Francesco Tonon, Maserati’s head of global planning, at the time described the new Grecale as “the most practical in its class, but also luxurious. It will have the best design and features in its category. Of course, it will remain a Maserati, as it will also offer the best performance and handling in the segment. “