Maserati unveils its electric SUV

Meanwhile, all Maserati models will be available in electric versions by 2025, Maserati executives have said.

The Grecale will also be available with a performance V6 engine or with a four-cylinder engine with a mild hybrid system. Petrol versions of the SUV will be available for sale later this year. The all-electric version, called Grecale Folgore, will go on sale next year.

The Grecale is smaller than the Levante SUV, the model that accounted for 59% of Maserati’s global sales last year. Like the Levante and the Ghibli sedan, the Grecale is named after a wind. The Grecale, pronounced gre-CAH-leh, is a Mediterranean east wind.

The electric Grecale Folgore will be part of the Italian luxury brand’s long-term plan to shift to selling electric-only vehicles. (Folgore means “lightning” in Italian.) Maserati is following a number of other luxury car brands, including Bentley and Jaguar, in announcing a shift to all-electric ranges. In Maserati’s case, the change is a bit more surprising, given the brand’s strong identification with the throaty, metallic sounds of its usually Ferrari-built internal combustion engines.

Maserati only recently started production of the new MC20 supercar, which is powered by a 630 horsepower V6 engine designed and built by Maserati. The $216,000 MC20 is the only current Maserati model with a non-Ferrari engine.

The high performance Grecale Trofeo will have a 523 horsepower version of the MC20 engine. The SUV will be able to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds and will have a top speed of 177 mph, according to Maserati. Maserati has yet to announce the power or performance of the electric Grecale Folgore

The four-cylinder Grecales will have a mild-hybrid system for better fuel economy and performance. The Grecale Modena will have a 325 horsepower version of this system and the Grecale GT, essentially the base model, will have a 296 horsepower version. Prices for the Grecale GT will start at $63,500 in the United States. Maserati did not provide pricing for other versions. These gasoline-powered versions of the Grecale will go on sale later this year.

When it goes on sale in 2023, the Grecale Folgore will be Maserati’s second all-electric model. The first will be the all-electric 1,200-hp Granturismo Folgore, a new version of Maserati’s two-door, four-seater sports car. Maserati only revealed dimly lit images of the car.

New completely redesigned versions of the Quattroporte The Levante sedan and SUV, including all-electric versions, will be introduced by 2025, Maserati chief executive Davide Grasso said during a presentation. The small Ghibli sedan will be discontinued because there simply isn’t enough market interest in sedans, he said. An all-electric version of the MC20 supercar will also be available by then.

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Maserati is part of Stellantis, the global automotive conglomerate formed last year that also includes Dodge, Jeep Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat and others. Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares has expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the auto industry’s general push towards electric vehicles when it comes to reducing global warming. He thinks offering electric vehicles won’t do much, he said in a recent interview with CNN Business, in the absence of broader measures for cleaner energy, widely available charging infrastructure and cheaper batteries. Either way, he said, Stellantis is pushing ahead with electrification because of the way the industry is changing and government regulation requirements.

“It’s a pure competitive story,” Tavares said. “And we are competitors.”

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