Just days after the Maserati brand teased its upcoming GranTurismo sport-tourer coupe for the first time wearing its production body, we are now having our best look yet of the premium Italian brand’s upcoming midsized SUV. Based on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the all-new Maserati Grecale slots just below the popular Levante SUV.
GabetzSPYUnit happened to come across a holding lot with several camouflaged Grecale prototypes. Now we are seeing just how influenced by the MC20 super sportscar the Grecale really is. Sporting a set of similarly shaped headlamps as the MC20, the Grecale follows in the footsteps of the GranTurismo. Outback, there is a set of “boomerang” styled taillamps like those found on the Levante, Ghibli, and Quattroporte. Huge air intakes surround the Maserati grille, which gives the Grecale more of a performance look to the front end despite hiding behind the “Grecale” themed camouflage. Overall, the Grecale looks very different than its big brother, the Levante.
One thing that stands out to us, is the door handles. The handles are the same as those found on the all-new electrified Fiat 500 city car. The flush electric door handles feature an e-latch system. All you have to do is press the button inside the handle to unlock the vehicle and pop the door open.
Named after the fierce north-east wind of the Mediterranean Sea, the Grecale follows a long-standing practice of naming its cars after the world’s most famous winds. It all began in 1963, with the legendary Mistral. This was followed by Ghibli, Bora, Merak, and Khamsin.
Under the hood, we expect to see the turbocharged 2.0-liter GME-T4 inline four-cylinder engine. We believe that the 2.0-liter will come standard with the Levante Hybrid’s mild-hybrid system. Power should be identical with 330 horsepower and torque of 450 Nm (332 ft.-lb) delivered from just 1,500 rpm and paired with a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission.
Maserati will also be bringing an all-electric powertrain to the Grecale as well. While we don’t know specifics, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Grecale battery-electric (BEV) offering will be faster than the 505 horsepower Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6.
The 2022 Maserati Grecale will be built at the Cassino, Italy assembly plant which recently had an investment of €800 million in preparation for the new SUV. The Grecale should make its official debut by the end of this year.
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