Maserati Targets The All-Electric Grecale Folgore Right At Tesla

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But it's not coming right away.

If you didn't know, Maserati has a bit of a thing for naming cars after the wind. Turns out there's a lot of synonyms for "wind" in Italian. One of them is "Grecale," the name for the brand's new SUV. Already, it showcases a huge level of variety. We're not strictly talking about pages-long lists of options like you get at Porsche, mind you. Instead, we're talking about powerplants.

At launch, three models will be available. The base Maserati Grecale, dubbed the "GT," comes with a 296 hp mild-hybrid four-cylinder which also powers the 325 hp Modena trim level. Then, of course, there's the Trofeo, a name used to refer to the fastest Maserati models, making 523 hp from an MC20-derived V6. But during the reveal for the new Grecale, Maserati also showed off the all-electric one that's coming later. Say hello to the Maserati Grecale Folgore (lightning in Italian).

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It's the start of Maserati's EV lineup, which will also be accompanied by the GranTurismo Folgore, the electrically-powered version of the famous Maserati GranTurismo. Maserati says the Grecale Folgore will use a 105 kW/h battery similar to the one we'll eventually find the aforementioned GranTurismo Folgore. To be clear, this car, unlike the gas-powered Grecale, is not out yet. The car is still in the works, nearing production.

Maserati claims the battery will produce "as much as 800 Nm of torque" or roughly 590 lb-ft. Unfortunately, no power figures are available right now, but we expect it to at least meet the Trofeo's 523 hp, if not exceed it. Additionally, being faster won't be the only distinction between the Folgore and other Grecale models. The famous trident grille has been redesigned to reflect the integration of electric power into the lineup. The bronze Rame Folgore paint job will also be exclusive to the EV Grecale SUV.

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Inside, we don't expect a huge departure from the interior of the gas-powered Grecale models. However, the furnishings will be. Like Mercedes-Benz and so many others, Maserati is putting recycled materials on the Folgore's insides. The Italian automaker plans to use Econyl, a blend of recycled nylon made from, of course, fishing nets. It's all part of the Folgore's more green-leaning stance than other gas-powered models. The Maserati Grecale Folgore is slated for the 2024 model year, one year after the gas-powered Grecale. The brand also plans to offer fully-electric versions of all its models by 2025.

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