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2023 Maserati Grecale Folgore

The Trident marque’s foray into electrification sure looks promising

After what seemed like the longest wait, the Maserati Grecale is finally here, and I couldn’t be more excited. Now, this is an exciting new model for the Modena-based automaker. Why?

Because Maserati’s new Grecale isn’t just another D-segment competitor. The SUV also debuts the Trident brand’s first-ever all-electric vehicle, the 2024 Maserati Grecale Folgore. The Folgore (which translates to ‘lightning’ in Italian) nameplate refers to all-electric models from the Trident brand, with the compete model roll-out by 2025.

Overview

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The Grecale will also be offered a zero-emission powertrain. Like the Grecale SUV, the Folgore, too, is designed for everyday use with the Maserati performance that one expects, but with zero emissions. Instead of using Stelantis’ new electric platform. The Grecale is underpinned by a modified version of the Giorgio platform that underpins models like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Visually, there are obviously some key differences to the gas-powered Grecale, as highlighted in these spyshots.

The Grecale Folgore will be proudly Made-in-Italy

Exterior Design

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The Grecale is underpinned by the Giorgio platform, upon which models like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is also based

I guess Maserati has played it safe with the exterior design of the Folgore, which is no bad thing. The overall general form has been carried over from the gas car. However the Folgore, with its all-electric powertrain, features a concave closed-off grille - which Maserati likes to refer to as a frame - and different designed air intakes on the bumper accented by a glossy black decorative decal. While the design is extremely subjective, the overall aesthetic of Maserati’s baby SUV is far more appealing in my opinion.

A glossy black treatment has been applied to the side vents (a Maserati Trademark) and the window sills.
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As for the battery, Maserati has confirmed a 105 kWh battery with an estimated range of 434 miles on a single charge. This will be a 400 volt battery pack

The Folgore badge proudly sits atop the fenders, while a new trident logo, that first debuted on the MC20 supercar, now sits on the rear pillar. The alloy wheels are of the turbo type, highly aerodynamic, and almost completely enclosed.

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One way to identify an electric Grecale on the road is with the "Copper Rame Folgore" matte paint, exclusive to the EV. This paint contains iridescent pigments which dance between copper and blueish grey hues, inspired from the façade of the Guggenheim in Bilbao.

A Stustainable Cabin

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Now, Maserati hasn’t shared images of the Grecale Folgore’s cabin but expect the interior to remain largely unchanged, retaining the digital dashboard, center console. MIA or Maserati Intelligent Assistant should be carried over as well.

What the Italian marque did highlight was the sustainability aspect of the new Grecale Folgore. This is thanks to its use of a new eco-friendly material called "Econyl", nylon recycled made out of fishing nets recovered from the sea.

The Powertrain

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The Maserati Grecale broke cover and for the very first time, the Italian marque will offer an-all electric version dubbed the Grecale Folgore (translates to ’Lightning’ in Italian)

No details were given on the range or performance, but it is safe to assume that two electric motors could offer about 500 kW (250 kW on each axle) or 680 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. One motor, presumably, the front one could be disabled to save energy, making the SUV fully two-wheel drive. 0-62 mph should come up in the region of three seconds, give or take. Four-wheel-drive comes as standard.

The various driving modes and chassis control systems should make for a proper Maserati experience.
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The Folgore will feature a 105 kWh battery (the brand is yet to confirm if that’s the net capacity or usable capacity). A 400-volt battery pack means charging won’t be as quick as the upcoming Macan Electric’s 800-volts. This battery should provide enough juice for up to 434 miles, on a single charge.

Conclusion

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While the gas-powered Grecale GT, Modena, and Trofeo models should make it to market by 2023, the Grecale Folgore won’t hit U.S. shores until 2024. If the Grecale indeed ends up with 500 kW, it will climb to the top of the mid-size luxury electric SUV category, ahead of the Audi E-Tron S (370 kW), the Mercedes-Benz EQC400 (300 kW), and the Tesla Model Y Performance (393 kW).

As for pricing, with the regular Grecale coming in at $65,000, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Folgore costs about 10 grand more.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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