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Maserati Grecale Folgore | Italian Electric Crossover

Maserati continues to embrace electricity, unveiling the fully-electric Grecale Folgore at the Shanghai Auto Show.

The Grecale Folgore is designed to appeal to clients who demand eco-friendly performance. It has a Trofeo-inspired front fascia with an "inverted grille" that is partially concealed. The crossover also sports a redesigned diffuser and aerodynamically optimized 19-, 20-, and 21-inch wheels.

The EV sports gloss black highlights, illuminated side vents,copper brake calipers, and copper emblems, in addition to being more aerodynamic. Customers may also have a unique Rame Folgore exterior inspired by the 'façade of the Guggenheim... where warm copper colors in the light coexist with colder shades of bluish gray in the shade'.

The bright color scheme is carried over to the 14-way power heated and ventilated front seats, which are upholstered in Econyl. Maserati defined it as a "regenerated nylon" manufactured from trash such as fishing nets, fabric scraps, and carpets that would otherwise end up in landfills. These are turned into "virgin quality nylon yarn" with a "highly opaque surface" and "laser processing," giving it a "parametric design that expresses a natural dynamism."

The seats are joined by embossed accents on the dashboard and "carbon copper 3D touch" trim on the center console and door panels, which may be a stretch.

The remainder of the interior is more conventional, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment system that includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and an Intelligent Assistant. In addition, the crossover has an 8.8-inch bottom display and a head-up display.

Because the Grecale Folgore is an electric vehicle, it boasts a few unique features, such as a cabin temperature maintenance function that keeps the interior at a pleasant temperature even when the crossover is switched off. In addition, drivers will discover an EV-specific navigation system that is "fully aware of the battery condition" and can account for charging stops along the trip. Based on battery state and driving style, the crossover can also display the maximum distance it can drive on a map in real-time.

A 105 kWh battery pack provides electricity to a dual motor all-wheel drive system with a combined output of 550 horsepower (410 kW / 557 PS) and 605 lb-ft (820 Nm). The crossover can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 4.1 seconds before reaching a peak speed of 137 mph (220 km/h).

That's very rapid, and Maserati claims a WLTP range of 311 miles (500 km). The crossover also has 400V technology and 150 kW DC rapid charging capabilities, allowing the battery to charge from 20% to 80% in as little as 29 minutes.

While the charging rate is slow, the Grecale Folgore has air suspension and four driving modes: GT, Sport, Off-Road, and Max Range. These are self-explanatory. However, Max Range mode stands out since it is "recommended when the battery falls below 16% and there are no charging points nearby." It increases mileage by nerfing the temperature control system, slowing reaction to accelerator inputs, and restricting peak speed to 81 mph (130 km/h).

We'll hear more about the Grecale Folgore closer to the introduction. Still, Maserati stated that the "future of electrification is rooted in China" and that all of its vehicles would be available in electric form by 2025. Maserati will then become all-electric by 2030.

TopGear Magazine May 2024