Maserati Grecale Folgore electric SUV on the way

Italian maker’s take on the Porsche Macan will go on sale in 2022, with a choice of petrol and pure-electric powertrains

Maserati is looking to bolster its limited product range by introducing 13 new models in the next three years. The overhaul will be spearheaded by the newly revealed Maserati MC20 supercar, before a Porsche Macan-rivalling ‘Grecale’ family SUV is launched in 2022.

Both the MC20 and the forthcoming Maserati Grecale will be offered as pure-electric models, using new Folgore badging – an Italian word that translates as ‘lightning’ in English. This branding will eventually be used across Maserati’s portfolio, separating its petrol models from those using battery-electric (BEV) technology.

The Grecale will be based on the same mechanical platform (and will be built in the same factory) as the existing Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV. The new Maserati SUV will sit below the Levante in the maker’s range; along with the Ghibli saloon, the Levante will be offered with a hybrid powertrain in the not-too-distant future.

Initially revealed as a full-scale opaque model, our first look at the Grecale shows it will take many of its styling cues from the existing Levante SUV. It’ll get more prominent headlights and a defined nine-bar grille, though it’s not clear whether the electric version will ditch this in favour of a cleaner front end. The sloping roofline and squat stance give it a more athletic look than its larger Levante sibling.

Speaking with DrivingElectric, Maserati’s head of global product planning and marketing, Francesco Tonon, hinted that despite its SUV shape and potential for electrification, the Grecale would stay true to Maserati DNA’s of luxury, performance and innovation, while adding a greater dose of practicality thanks to its favourable packaging.

It’s not clear what battery or electric motor the Grecale will use, but Maserati has hinted that the SUV will feature cutting-edge 800-volt technology, as well as the ability to support 300kW rapid charging. That is faster than any current production car (the Porsche Taycan can charge at up to 270kW), but still less than the most powerful 350kW IONITY rapid chargers can deliver.

Tonon also confirmed that a new Maserati GT and a convertible Gran Cabrio formed part of the 13 models due before the end of 2023. These will be the first Maseratis to be offered as fully-electric models: “Electrification matches well with the Maserati brand DNA,” he told us.