The GranTurismo Folgore's powertrain may soon power Maserati's luxurious SUV.
According to a report from Autocar, the next Maserati Levante SUV may be reborn as an all-electric product with up to 745 horsepower on tap. The British publication recently conducted an interview with Maserati CEO Davide Grasso, who suggested that the development of an electric Levante is very important to the brand and that the future innovations that Steallantis brands can come up with will help make the Levante EV a great product.
"We're hitting on all cylinders on that program, and it's something that gets me really excited because we really see the opportunity we have as part of a very large group, which makes innovations one of the first priorities," said the executive. "So I'm very excited about the way that program is starting to take form."
An earlier report claimed that the Maserati Quattroporte would also become an electric vehicle with a Folgore badge. This may be the first Maserati to use an upgraded battery pack, and this new pack may be fitted to the Levante Folgore too. What we can be fairly certain of is that there will be multiple powertrain offerings, one of which is rumored to be the 745-hp system from the electric GranTurismo. It also seems likely that the next Levante will ride on a specially adapted version of the Alfa Romeo Giorgio platform that underpins both the GranTurismo and the relatively new Grecale, which arrived in March 2022.
The Levante Folgore is expected to be the last of Maserati's first range of electric vehicles, following Folgore variants of the aforementioned Grecale, GranTurismo, GranCabrio, Quattroporte, and MC20 supercar. Whatever these new products are powered by, the Italian automaker is determined to ensure that it is seen as a truly upmarket brand, and that means avoiding the trappings of high-volume sales to focus on products that are beautifully and solidly crafted.
And if the EV revolution fails, Stellantis is also considering hydrogen power for the future, which Maserati would benefit from too. But don't hold your breath for a hydrogen-powered Maserati - that is sure to be some way off.