Upcoming Maserati Grecale SUV Will Be Offered as an EV Too09/16/2020
The Maserati MC20 may have captured all the headlines last week, signaling the marque’s return to a lineup with a supercar at the top, but perhaps the more significant news—when it comes to annual sales at least—were the latest details regarding an upcoming SUV model, as a part of the brand’s detailed electrification strategy.
Maserati rolled out a thorough plan for the next decade. One that will see hybrid and electric models join the range. For the past decade, its range had been defined by a return to volume manufacturing, thanks to the Ghibli, as well as the launch of a new SUV.
The Levante won’t be the sole SUV with a trident on its grille for long because Maserati plans to add another SUV, the Grecale in 2021. It will be followed by an already redesigned Levante two or three years later. True to Maserati tradition, the Grecale is named for a wind, in this case a strong north-east wind of the Mediterranean Sea.
“Maserati has a long-standing practice of naming its cars after the world’s most famous winds,” Maserati notes.
“It all began in 1963, with the legendary Mistral,” the automaker adds. “This was followed by Ghibli, Bora, Merak and Khamsin. And in 2016 by Levante, the first SUV in Maserati’s history.”
However, it’ll be the Ghibli that kicks off Maserati’s electrification campaign, launching a hybrid next year. Battery-electric versions of its cars, as opposed to hybrids, will use the term Folgore, which is Italian for lightning. Get used to seeing that name on battery-electric versions of Maserati’s cars. One such example will be the Grecale SUV, which will also get a hybrid option. However, the very first battery-electric vehicles from the Italian brand will be the GranTurismo coupe and convertible.
“The new Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be the Brand’s first cars to adopt 100% electric solutions; they will be engineered in Modena and built at the Turin production hub,” Maserati noted in a statement. “There will also be an electric version of the MC20, to be produced at the Maserati plant in Modena.”
What can we expect from the Grecale?
It will be positioned below the Levante, perhaps aiming to replicate a Porsche Cayenne/Macan tag team, and will be offered with internal combustion, hybrid and electric powertrains. Given the fact that FCA owns both Alfa Romeo and Maserati, it’s possible that the Grecale will use some of the hardware of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, especially given the fact that it will be built at the same Cassino plant, but the automaker has stayed mum on the specifics.
We should see the Grecale relatively soon, less than a year from now, when the first examples will be shown.
While details of the battery-electric Folgore version of the Grecale have not been aired just yet, Maserati is likely to use a version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter Nettuno V6. A hybrid version, meanwhile, could use the same setup that will be offered for the Ghibly Hybrid starting next June, as the Grecale will go into production in late 2021. The Grecale may get a Trofeo version as well, with a 3.8-liter V8 underhood. (Doesn’t everything just sound better with Italian names?)
While Maserati’s electrification strategy may make sense now, amid an industry turn toward EVs, it remains to be seen how battery-electric versions of its cars will be received by its repeat clients, the kind that buy a car partially due to the way its exhaust note sounds when rolling through tight city streets.
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