Maserati is betting big on its upcoming Grecale mid-size SUV that is aimed squarely at the likes of the Porsche Macan while being more practical than the ‘flaky’ Alfa Romeo Stelvio. 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.
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Of course, Maserati just brought out the MC20 along with its all-new V6 powertrain but a svelte two-door sports car is more of a halo product rather than something accountants would love. Hence, a lot is resting on the svelte Italian shoulders of the Grecale. It is certainly an imposing thing and hiding beneath layers of camouflage, the Grecale appears to be slightly bigger than the Macan while bursting with the traditional Maserati flamboyance.
The front-end is similar to the face of the MC20 while the voluptuous haunches get our approval. In other words, a pretty Maserati SUV being condensed into a midsize SUV canvas. Top-end versions will sport 21-inch wheels too. Inside, we expect a leather filled dash along with the traditional Maserati clock, albeit in a new digital avatar. Elsewhere, there is also a large touchscreen along with plenty of room being carved out of a long wheelbase.
The Grecale does need to be practical and more technologically advanced than the Levante to lure the SUV buying crowd with all the necessary gadgetry. Engine options include a sensible 2.0l mild-hybrid petrol along with an 8-speed auto with drive modes/paddle shifters. Electrical assistance cuts out lag while near 300bhp sounds plentiful to us. All Grecale SUVs would be an all-wheel-drive but naughtier versions might follow which send all of its power to the rear axle. By that, we mean a ‘Trofeo’ version with a detuned V6 from the MC20 supercar sporting a lot of firepower to rival the Macan GTS.
An electric version of the Grecale will also be coming in the future while an Australia launch will most likely happen later this year. Had it not been for the chip shortage, we would have seen the Grecale on sale already but better late than never as Maserati yet again tries to challenge the Germans at what they do best. Let’s hope for Maserati’s sake, the Grecale turns out to be a charismatic rival to traditional German fare.