In the meantime, all Maserati models will be available in electric versions by 2025, Maserati executives said.
The Grecale will also be available with a high-performance V6 engine or with a four-cylinder engine with a mild hybrid system. Gas-powered versions of the SUV will be available for sale later this year. The all-electric version, called the 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 worldwide sales last year. Like the Levante and the Ghibli sedan, the Grecale is named after a wind. The Grecale, pronounced gre-CAH-leh, is an easterly Mediterranean wind.
The electric Grecale Folgore will be part of the Italian luxury brand’s long-term plan to shift toward selling only electric vehicles. (Folgore means “lightning” in Italian.) Maserati follows a number of other luxury auto brands, including Bentley and Jaguar, in announcing a shift toward fully electric line-ups. In Maserati’s case the shift is somewhat more surprising, given the brand’s strong identification with the raspy, metallic sounds of its usually Ferrari-built internal combustion engines.
Maserati has only recently started production of the new MC20 supercar, which has a Maserati-designed and built 630 horsepower V6 engine. The $216,000 MC20 is the only current Maserati model with an engine not made by Ferrari.
The high-performance Grecale Trofeo will have a 523 horsepower version of the MC20’s engine. The SUV will be able to go from zero to 60 miles an hour in 3.6 seconds, and will have a top speed of 177 mph, according to Maserati. Maserati has not yet announced horsepower or performance figures for the electric Grecale Folgore
Four-cylinder Grecales will have a mild-hybrid system for improved fuel economy and better performance. The Grecale Modena will have a 325-horsepower version of that 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 gas-powered versions of the Grecale will be offered for 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 horsepower Granturismo Folgore, a new version of Maserati’s two-door four-seat sports car. Maserati has revealed only dimly lit images of the car.
New, fully redesigned versions of the Quattroporte sedan and Levante SUV, including all-electric versions, will be introduced by 2025, Maserati chief executive Davide Grasso said during a presentation. The smaller Ghibli sedan will be discontinued because there simply isn’t enough market interest in sedans anymore, he said. An all-electric version of the MC20 supercar will also be available by then.
“That’s a pure competitive story,” Tavares said. “And we are competitors.”