After months of teasers and delays due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage, Maserati has unveiled its highly-anticipated Grecale SUV. Aimed directly at the Porsche Macan, the Grecale becomes an important piece to premium performance Italian marque’s renaissance and offers the brand its first opportunity to go after the competitive D-SUV segment. No doubt, this will be the Maserati that will draw more people to the brand over the next few years.
Borrowing styling elements from both the new MC20 super sportscar and the recently updated Levante full-size SUV, the Grecale looks the part of a modern-day Maserati SUV. The Grecale is not a small SUV by any means, based on the award-winning Alfa Romeo Stelvio, it measures 191-inches long and 66-inches tall (nearly the same height as the Levante). The front features a low and imposing grille. The profile is notable for its contrast between purity and technique, with a highly fluid body featuring meandering, visual forms, and its technical components highlighted by the use of carbon fiber. In the rear, the boomerang taillights are inspired by the Giugiaro 3200 GT and fit in with the trapezoidal line, made even more striking by the coupé effect of the cabin and its finish like a sports car.
Inside the Grecale, the interior takes on the next-generation look and feel of Maserati interiors to come. The iconic mechanical clock has turned into a digital smartwatch that lets you match its style to your mood. Not only does it tell the time, but it also becomes a driver-car interface that enables smart vocal interactions. It can also transform into a veritable in-car concierge, courtesy of voice control. It can also house a compass, G-meter, chronometer, and both digital and analog clock faces.
Technology is also a huge part of Grecale’s story as well. The interior features a large 12.3-inch center touchscreen and another 8.8-inch screen below to control vehicle functions. A third display located in the rear of the vehicle allows passengers to control climate and rear heat/ventilation controls.
The in-car experience is managed from the Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) Multimedia system, from the state-of-the-art infotainment, and from Maserati Connect (Maserati’s version of the Uconnect 5 infotainment system). The in-car sound is pushed to the absolute limits of enjoyment by an all-around sound experience, ensured by the typical Maserati roar and the immersive Sonus faber 3D sound system. The Sonus faber system – as standard at Premium level – includes 14 speakers, or 21 speakers on-demand at High Premium level.
Every journey is transformed into a unique adventure that combines dynamic comfort and an unforgettable driving experience, made possible by the extraordinary handling provided by the new, 100% Maserati Vehicle Dynamic Control Module (VDCM) system, and the 360° control it offers over the car. Grecale also features a number of Drive Modes to help customize the driving experience. Those modes include Comfort, GT, Sport, Corsa (Trofeo models only), and Off-Road.
At launch, the 2023 Maserati Grecale lineup will include three distinct models (GT, Modena, and Trofeo).
The first two trim levels will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter GME-T4 inline-four-cylinder engine. There will be two different horsepower ratings (296 horsepower for the GT and 325 horsepower for the Modena), both variants will feature 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The GME-T4 engine will feature a 48-volt mild-hybrid (mHEV) system, much like our sources stated early in the vehicle’s development. The GME-T4 will be mated to a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission delivering power to all four wheels.
For true driving enthusiasts, the Trofeo will be powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter “Nettuno” (Neptune) V6 from the MC20 super sportscar. In its North American form, the Trofeo will make 523 horsepower and 457 lb.-ft. of torque mated to another 8-speed automatic sourced from ZF. Again, power will be sent to all four wheels.
According to Maserati, the Trofeo models will have a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6-seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.8-seconds) and a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h). To help provide a more stable driving experience and comfortable ride, Trofeo models come standard with air suspension (optional on GT and Modena models).
While Maserati did tease its upcoming electrified Folgore (“Lightning”) propulsion system, not many details were provided about its performance. The Folgore model will join the lineup before the end of 2023, as a 2024 model.
The Maserati Grecale is equipped with a comprehensive range of Level 2 Advanced Driving Assistance Systems, the highest level of driving automation safety feature available on the market to ensure driving reliability to Maserati owners.
The 2023 Maserati Grecale GT will have a U.S. starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Pricing (MSRP) of $64,995 (including $1,495 for destination). Deliveries are scheduled to begin this fall.
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