Six years after the launch of Levante’s first SUV, Maserati has announced the launch of Levante’s younger brother Grecale, which will go on sale in the second half of the year.
According to the Italian manufacturer at an exhibition in Milan, this model is intended for cars competing with the Porsche McCann, BMW X4 or Mercedes GLC style.
The SUV is 4.90 meters long and is technically closely related to the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Alfa Stelvio. However, its design is completely new.
On the outside, it has the look of an MC20 supercar, with large screens and an Alexa voice assistant inside. Highlights in the cabin include the traditional Maserati clock face, digital form for the first time, and new switches that replace the gear selector lever.
Aside from the new driving concept, the Maserati gets points with more legroom in the rear seats, ample storage surfaces and a generous 570-liter boot.
The engine starts from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Equipped with mild hybrid technology, this engine can reach speeds of up to 221 kW / 300 hp or 243 kW / 330 hp, up to 240 km / h depending on the version.
Alternatively, the Grecale Trofeo is powered by a V6 engine from the MC20 Supercar. It extracts 390 kW / 530 hp from the 3.0-liter transmission and accelerates the SUV to 285 km / h.
According to Maserati, the consumption of four-cylinder engines is, at best, 9.2 liters (CO2 emissions: 198 g / km); The V6 measures 11.2 liters (254 g / km).
The Italian manufacturer seeks to make up for Grecale’s lack of stability with the full electric version of the model announced for 2023. Electric car brand by 2030.
Now and between 2025, the manufacturer plans to offer all its models in electric version. The subsidiary of the international group Stellandis announced at an event in Milan that the company will stop producing vehicles with combustion engines by 2030.
Electric models will be nicknamed “Folkore”, which means “lightning” in Italian. The Modena plant’s first “lightning bolt” will be the new version of the two-door GranTurismo, which is scheduled to launch in 2023. After a while, the electric version of the Grecale off-roader will follow.
According to Maserati, the new MC20 supercar and the larger Levante SUV are on the agenda for 2024. Next year, Zero-Emission Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons will follow.
For another five years from 2025, Maserati plans to provide both electric and combustion engines in parallel. By 2030, the Italian manufacturer will have completed its transformation process and the brand’s range will be completely electric.
Maserati has announced that it will be betting on new architecture with 800-volt technology for its electric models, among other things, to allow it to be charged as quickly as possible with propellant batteries. This concept offers up to three motors: one on the front axle and two on the rear.
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