Maserati reveals that it’s working on an all-electric iteration of the Levante SUV. It is claimed to go on sale in 2025. According to Autocar UK, the Maserati Levante EV will be powered by a tri-motor powertrain promising a 745 hp peak power output.
The electric Levante will adopt the Folgore name, just like the EV variants of the Grecale and Granturismo. What’s less clear is whether Maserati will bother selling a combustion-engine Levante alongside it or just commit fully to the electric version. The current-gen Levante has been on sale since 2016 and is undoubtedly in need of a refresh, despite receiving a minor facelift in 2021.
Maserati’s first EV, the Granturismo Folgore, will arrive in the US in September 2023. Powered by a 92.5 kWh battery, the Granturismo Folgore is capable of 0-60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and has a WLTP range of 280 miles. Pricing is expected to start at $200,000. The Levante Folgore should be considerably more affordable than the Granturismo. Given the luxury SUV’s current base point of $81,200, we would expect the next-gen Levante to start at around $100,000. It should also have marginally more range than the Granturismo – expect a figure close to the Grecale Folgore’s 300 miles.
Maserati’s famed Quattroporte sedan is also expected to make the switch to electric soon. Due in 2024, the Quattroporte Folgore will reportedly feature a 105 kWh battery and have over 300 miles of range. Maserati’s flagship MC20 could also spawn an electric variant. According to rumors the MC20 Folgore will launch in 2024 and have three motors producing a combined 1200 hp. If true, Maserati would have an all-electric version of every model it sells.
Autocar reported, Maserati CEO Davide Grasso hinted at the importance of the electric Levante and suggested that its development will benefit heavily from synergies between Stellantis’s 14 brands. He said, “We’re hitting on all cylinders on that program, and it’s something that gets me really excited because we really see the opportunity we have as part of a very large group, which makes innovations one of the first priorities. So I’m very excited about the way that program is starting to take form.” While precise technical details remain under wraps, the Levante Folgore is expected to be an exclusively four-wheel drive but offer a choice of powertrains – potentially capped by a 745bhp tri-motor system lifted from the Granturismo, which would provide it with the necessary shove to rival dedicated electric sports SUVs like the Lotus Eletre. The current Levante, launched in spring 2016 and not in line for any further significant updates before it bows out, is available with a choice of a mild-hybridized four-cylinder petrol engine or conventional V6 and V8 petrol powertrains.