Maserati has thrown down the gauntlet with its Grecale performance SUV arriving with no less than three engine options and one electrified variant in the future. 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. Most importantly, the Grecale then will attempt to fill the coffers at Maserati and most likely wave the flag for the re-birth of the Italian car-maker.
“Importantly, it gives Maserati a presence in one of the most important segments in the Australian market. With Grecale’s stunning looks, powerful drivetrains, high levels of safety and technology, and unmatched levels of personalisation through the Fuoriserie programme, we are confident the Grecale will play a significant role in the growth of Maserati” said Grant Barling, General Manager Maserati Australia & New Zealand.
Update 05/09/2022: Pricing for the 2023 Maserati Grecale line-up has been revealed today with prices starting at $109,500 AUD before on-road costs. The range-topping Grecale Trofeo will start at $165,000 AUD before on-road costs. We’ve outlined more details in the article below.
The new SUV will be produced at the new Cassino plant and we expect an Australian 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.
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.
The performance figures challenge 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 dubbed the ‘Grecale Folgore’ with 400V technology is on its way. 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.
2023 Maserati Grecale Pricing and Standard Equipment
Pricing for the 2023 Maserati Grecale is as follows.
|2023 Maserati Grecale Australian Pricing|
|Grecale GT||$109,500 AUD (before on-road costs)|
|Grecale Modena||$128,000 AUD (before on-road costs)|
|Grecale Trofeo||$165,000 AUD (before on-road costs)|
Standard equipment is generous with the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and separate 12.3-inch infotainment display, Sonus Faber Premium Sound, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and the full suite of active and passive safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Active Lane Management (blind spot and lane keeping assistance), Rear Cross Path Alert and Drowsy Drive Detection.
Optional extras will be included as packages across GT, Modena and Trofeo variants that include; Comfort, Cold Weather, Handling, Tech Assistance and Nerissimo Packs.
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