SUVs are definitely all the rage these days, and even Maserati isn’t immune to this shift in consumer preferences. The first-ever Maserati Grecale is already the brand’s second SUV and it’s also their most compact to date.
Measuring at 4,859 mm long, 1,979 mm wide, and 1,659 mm tall, it actually borders on being a midsize luxury SUV in terms of size, though this is still smaller than the midsize Levante. Upfront, the Grecale is easily identifiable as a Maserati. The Italian luxury automaker says that the grille has been designed to look imposing without being excessive, which is a refreshing sight to see in a world where BMW’s grilles are getting larger by the minute.
The side profile of the Maserati Grecale doesn’t look too different from the Levante. Its thicker C-pillars as opposed to having a rear quarter window give the Grecale a sportier silhouette. And then as for the rear, the slimmer boomerang LED taillights are a homage to the Giugiaro 3200 GT. Its sloping roofline likewise gives the Grecale a sporty rear end, though thankfully, it isn’t as raked as today’s growing trend of “coupe-like SUVs” such as the BMW X4.
If there’s one area where Maserati has been left in the dust by its German rivals, that would be in terms of interior design. The all-new Grecale aims to remedy that by having the most modern interior in any Maserati to date. The design cues are familiar Maserati, but they Italian luxury automaker is embracing digital technologies in the form of four screens. The first one is a fully-digital instrument cluster, while the other two are a 12.3-inch and an 8.8-inch screen running the Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) operating system.
MIA is powered by Android Automotive–Google’s operating system for vehicle infotainment systems that’s completely different from Android Auto, which is a smartphone integration feature. Though if you still prefer, the latter is also available when you hook up your Android smartphone, along with Apple Carplay, both of which are wireless. Unfortunately, the twin-screen infotainment system ditches all form of hard buttons, and this will undoubtedly make interacting with the vehicle more distracting.
You might be wondering what the fourth screen is, and that’s actually the digital clock that replaces the traditional analog clock found in every other Maserati. The Digital Smartwatch is a first for the brand, and it can display various information, including a G-force meter.
Four versions of the Maserati Grecale will be sold: GT, Modena, Trofeo, and Folgore. The GT and Modena are mild-hybrids, and both are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo gasolline engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid belt-starter generator. The former produces 296 hp and 450 Nm of torque, while the latter produces 325 hp while torque remains the same. 0-100 kph happens in 5.6 seconds for the GT and 5.3 seconds for the Modena.
The Trofeo serves as the performance version of the Grecale, and this comes with the Nettuno twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine from the MC20 sports car. This engine produces 523 hp and 620 Nm of torque, and is enough for a 0-100 kph time in just 3.8 seconds, 0-200 kph in 13.8 seconds, and a top speed of 285 kph. In the case of the Grecale, the engine has a wet-sump instead of the MC20’s dry-sump. This Grecale Trofeo’s engine also comes with cylinder deactivation, wherein the right bank of the V6 can be deactivated under light loads for better efficiency.
Other upgrades that the Trofeo version has is a 34 mm wider rear track, six-piston and four-piston Brembo brake calipers at the front and rear, respectively, and a Corsa driving mode that’s unique to the Trofeo. The Trofeo also comes with air suspension as standard, whereas other variants have this as an optional extra.
Lastly, there is also a Grecale Folgore that serves as Maserati’s first-ever pure electric vehicle. Folgore means lightning in Italian, and it comes with a 400V architecture that is unfortunately not as capable in terms of fast charging when compared to the Porsche Taycan and upcoming Macan. No power figures have been released yet, but it will come with a 105 kWh battery pack and as much as 800 Nm of torque.
The 2023 Maserati Grecale will hit showrooms near the end of this year in Europe, with the rest of the world most likely getting the Grecale by early 2023.