Maserati Grecale & Grecale Folgore: hot and electric SUVs to challenge the Porsche Macan

Maserati Grecale & Grecale Folgore: hot and electric SUVs to challenge the Porsche Macan


The target is clear: the Porsche Macan. It is with its Grecale that Maserati intends to tackle the small German SUV. To put restrictions on his side, the car will be available both in thermal and electric engines.

Grecale: the name given to a strong and cold wind that blows from the north-east in the western and central Mediterranean, especially in winter. It is also the baptismal name of the new SUV signed by the Italian manufacturer Maserati, six years after the Levante, the brand’s first SUV.

Aesthetically, Grecale looks a lot like its older brother. It also borrows some features from the new MC20, the trident sedan, especially with the lower grille and the shape of the headlights.

Finally, the boomerang taillights are a nod to the Giugiaro 3200 GT. However, some will say that the plastic of this Grecale is closer to a certain Porsche Macan, or even a Kia Sportage or a Ford Puma, depending.

Although based on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Grecal is large: 4.84 m long, 1.94 m wide and 1.67 m tall. The wheel is 2.90 m. Note that depending on the versions offered (GT, Modena and Trofeo), the dimensions related to length and height differ by a few millimeters.

Both Modena and Trofeo differ from the GT with a few special body features (bumpers, large wheel arches, grille). To these are added hot engines of 330 and 530 hp (hello, malus XXL).

100% digital world

But the real revolution lies in the passenger compartment with digital equipment on all floors. Proof of this is the famous circular clock placed in the center of the dashboard, the signature of the Maserati logo. This trades its analog hands for digital. Note that it also has a concierge role by integrating voice control.

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In addition, there are no less than four screens, all digital. The first is the instrument cluster followed by two screens of 12.3 and 8.8 inches, which overlap in the center console. Does this remind you of anything? Audi was a pioneer in this area, especially with the A7 Sportback. With a fourth screen, it sits in the rear seats, intended for climate and heating settings.

Another major revolution, the entire multimedia and infotainment system is managed by Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) and Maserati Connect. MIA was created by TomTom to get (significant) delays in this area against German fees, in particular. We can’t wait to find out.

We sit in the cabin where the gear lever disappears, replaced by a physical control of the fourth placed on the central console. They run an eight-speed automatic transmission. Finally, the trunk volume varies from 535 l for the GT and Modena versions to 570 l for the Trofeo.

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330 hp hybrid or 530 hp V6

When we talk about Maserati, we think of big engines and their noise. Under the hood of Grecale, there are no real surprises. The GT and Modena version borrows the Ghibli’s drivetrain, which is a 4-2 l turbo gasoline engine with a 48 V battery and alternator-motor. This is called a a little hybrid in English, or a small combination. As a result, the GT develops 300 hp against 330 hp in Modena. Torque and speed remain the same (450 Nm, 240 km / h). On the other hand, 0 to 100 km / h is reached in 5.6 seconds for the GT against 5.3 for the Modena.

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Finally, the Trofeo, the “edgy” version of the Grecale, is equipped with a 3-liter-turbo V6 petrol to develop 530 hp with a torque of 620 Nm and a top speed of 285 km / h. It takes only 3.8 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h.

Maserati Grecale Folgore: the fastest electric car

We have to believe that at Maserati, we realized that the ecological penalty (a range of €17,490 to €40,000, or even €50,000 from 2023) would hurt a lot, especially on the French market. To this “small” tax has been added since January 2022 a small amount of weight penalty (€ 10/kg) for new cars over 1800 kg. For information, the Maserati Grecale GT weighs 1870 kg against 2 t for the Trofeo.

As a result, Grecale will be available in all electric from 2023. Soberly called Folgore, which means electric in French, Maserati keeps its original line with few differences. Indeed, the exhaust outlets have disappeared, the front grille has been redesigned and the rims are more aerodynamic. Added to this is a cabinet made of recycled material based on nylon obtained by recycling fishing nets.

Maserati is smart on the technical side. We only know that this Grecale Folgore will have two electric motors (800 Nm torque) whose power is still unknown – the GranTurismo Folgore, which will also arrive in 2023, will benefit from three electric motors. The electric Grecale will be compatible with fast charging thanks to its 400 V design (charging power 200 kW?) while the GranTurismo Folgore will be in 800 V as in the Porsche Taycan. This difference is explained by the fact that Grecale Folgore does not use the Stellantis STLA platform, optimized for electric vehicles.

Regarding autonomy, we can imagine that this electric Maserati should reach, or even exceed, 500 kilometers.

All you have to do is know the price. For this, we will have to wait until 2023, when the electric Porsche Macan should point to the end of its grille.

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