Maserati has taken the wraps off its very first all-electric SUV. Scheduled to go on sale by mid-2023, the Grecale without a combustion engine will carry the “Forgole” prefix serving as an identifier of all things EV from Modena. Compared to the gasoline-powered model, it has a slightly different look while retaining the same Giorgio platform inherited from the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
You can tell which is which by the redesigned front grille with curved slats flanking the Trident logo. For the zero-emissions model, Maserati has created an exclusive Rame Folgore paint developed after analyzing how paint can interact with light. The inspiration also came from contemporary architecture, including the façade of the Guggenheim in Bilbao. For this reason, the Folgore Grecale has copper tones, such as for the badges on the front fender and tailgate.
Along with sharing official images, the Italian marque is providing some key technical specifications. For example, we know the silent Grecale will offer 800 Newton-meters of torque. As with every other EV out there, the 590 lb-ft will kick in virtually instantly. Although not specified, the Folgore has probably been engineered with one electric motor at the front and another for the rear to enable all-wheel drive. For what it’s worth, the four- and six-cylinder models all have AWD as standard.
Specifically created for the ICE-less Grecale are new alloy wheels with an aero-driven design judging by the extensions on the sides of the spokes. They likely improve airflow to increase efficiency and therefore maximize the crossover’s range between charging. Needless to say, the prominent exhaust tips of the gasoline variants have been removed, enabling a cleaner rear end design in the process.
Although the range has not been mentioned, we do know the Folgore Grecale will have an impressively large battery with a capacity of 105 kWh. It’s unclear whether Maserati is referring to gross or net capacity, but it’s pretty big nonetheless. The electric crossover will be assembled at home in Italy and aims to deliver an “everyday exceptional experience” along with 400V tech to support fast charging.
It will be joined by purely electric derivatives of the next-gen GranTurismo and GranCabrio due in 2023, with EV variants of the MC20 supercar as well as replacements for the Quattroporte and Levante arriving by 2025. Come 2030, Maserati will become an entirely electric brand by ditching combustion engines altogether.