Maserati has just presented the first hybrid car in its history, paving the way to electric.
When we think of Maserati, we think of Italian car brands, close to both the world of luxury, and never far from that of sport. But today, the automotive world is going through the biggest change in its history, and even prestigious firms like Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini have to go electric for ecological reasons.
As for the last of the three, as owned by the Volkswagen group, it very quickly opened up to this new world, making the car lovers of Ferruccio Lamborghini, creator of the brand in the 60s, cringe. But faced with the arrival of the blue fairy in our cars, Maserati and Ferrari will also have to adapt.
Luxury electric SUVs, a booming market
As for the Prancing Horse brand, the first electric red car in history is expected to arrive in the coming months. But for Maserati, the milestone has already been crossed, and going back is now impossible. The brand from Bologna has just presented the Grecale, a hybrid car that completely breaks the historical codes of the firm with the trident. With this crossover, Maserati is positioning itself in a booming market: that of the luxury electric SUV.
In the same way as the Mercedes EQB and the Audi e-tron or the Jaguar e-pace. Three cars which are only examples of a very supplied market, which faces an ever-growing clientele. It was enough for Maserati to decide to embark on electric SUVs. The brand was also very successful with the launch of the Levante, another SUV, thermal this time, which today represents nearly 60% of the brand’s sales.
Maserati Grecale: a 100% electric version for 2023
When it comes to the Maserati Grecale, this car is remarkable at first glance. It is quite low and rather wide than many of its competitors. Vis-à-vis the engine, Maserati leaves the choice between three different versions: the GT, the Modena and the Trofeo. In the first version, the Grecale GT will be entitled to a four-cylinder turbo hybrid engine capable of outputting 296 horsepower, while the Modena should be able to offer 325 horsepower.
Finally, the latest version of the Maserati Grecale, the Trofeo will only be thermal, with a 3L twin-turbo V6 engine, capable of outputting more than 500 horsepower. The 0 to 100 is thus reached in 3.6 seconds, a real performance on an SUV. If no 100% electric car has yet been announced, many rumors are already talking about a fourth model, which will be presented next year, and purely electric.
Last point addressed by Maserati in its presentation, the price. The GT will ultimately be the most affordable version with 75,450 € displayed, then comes the Modena sold at 86,000 €, and finally the Trofeo, which will cost more than 100,000 euros. The brand with the trident announced that the cars would be delivered at the end of the year.