As Maserati continues to push forward in its brand’s renaissance, the Italian automaker’s newest high-performance SUV has arrived on the streets of Metro Detroit. Our spy photographers caught this handsome 2023 Maserati Grecale (M1) Trofeo PrimaSerie Launch Edition, painted in the eye-catching Giallo Corse out testing on public roads.
For those who aren’t familiar with the Grecale, the new D-segment SUV from Maserati is aimed directly at the Porsche Macan. The Grecale becomes an important piece of the premium performance Italian marque’s renaissance and offers the brand its first opportunity to go after the competitive D-SUV segment. Its key role is to draw more people to the brand.
Borrowing styling elements from the 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.
As for the Trofeo (Italian for Trophy), it is built for true driving enthusiasts. The Grecale Trofeo is 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.
The Trofeo 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.
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 for Maserati owners.
The 2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo has a U.S. starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing (MSRP) of $102,500 (including $1,495 for destination). Deliveries are scheduled to begin this fall.