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2023 Maserati Grecale SUV Takes Aim at Porsche Macan and BMW X3 M

Maserati has thrown down the gauntlet with its Grecale performance SUV arriving with no less than three engine options and one electrified variant. The Grecale is aimed straight at the likes of the Porsche Macan and comes bristling with technology along with a healthy dose of Italian DNA, courtesy of its rather sensuous proportions.

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The new SUV would be produced at the new Cassino plant and we expect an Australia launch by end of this year. The styling is clearly influenced by the MC20 supercar but to our eyes, it’s a more coherent design than the larger Levante. The grille is low and the SUV has a wide stance courtesy of the wheels being pushed to the corners while the ‘Boomerang’ tail-lamps are a nod to the older Maserati sports cars. Its proportions (4,846 mm long, 2,163 mm wide and a height of 1,670 mm) are tighter over the Levante and the MC20 like nose just fits in very well. Well done, Maserati.

The interior is a shock since earlier Maserati cabins were digitally starved. You now get touch-based displays including a 12.3inch central touchscreen followed by an 8.8inch touchpad for climate control functions while the dials are customizable too. Even the traditional Maserati clockface is also digital now. Elsewhere, it’s business as usual with lots of customization options plus a lashing of carbon fibre on the dashboard and leather seats with contrast stitching. A ‘Sonus faber’ 3D sound system with 21 speakers is optional.

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As mentioned earlier the Grecale comes with two four-cylinder mid-hybrid powertrains and both produce upwards of 300bhp but you’d really want the ‘Trofeo’ version which packs in a 3.0L 530-hp petrol V6 based on the Nettuno engine fitted to the MC20. Performance claims for this variant mimic a sports car with a 0-100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds while the top-speed is 285km/h. That’s serious performance and challenges the BMW X3 M Competition and the Porsche Macan GTS for performance SUV honours. If this sounds too self-indulgent then a pure electric version is also there called as ‘Grecale Folgore’ with 400V technology. All engines come with an 8-speed automatic as standard.

Various drive modes work with the (optional) air suspension to either lower the car or raise it depending on the terrain. Performance brakes are also available. We expect the GT, Modena and Trofeo versions of the Grecale at launch while the Folgore electric variant will come later next year.

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Somnath Chatterjee

Somnath Chatterjee is an experience car journalist and automotive expert. His supercar reviews, interviews and industry features have appeared in global publications such as Upscale living, Robb Report and Yahoo Lifestyle Asia. Somnath specialises in luxury and lifestyle-oriented features with a focus on automobiles, aviation and luxury. He also holds a Post Graduate in International Business from the University of Dehli.