After months of releasing preview photos and a number of other delays, Maserati has launched the Grecale, its long-awaited entry-level SUV. The sub-Levante mannequin is aimed instantly on the Porsche Macan, and it’ll possible grow to be the agency’s best-selling nameplate within the coming years.
The newest addition to the Maserati vary stretches 191 inches lengthy and 66 inches tall, dimensions that make it about six inches shorter and almost the identical top because the Levante. Visually, it illustrates what Maserati design boss Klaus Busse meant when he advised us that future Maserati fashions would borrow styling cues from the MC20: its entrance finish is outlined by a large grille positioned beneath a pair of elongated headlights. Seen from the aspect, the Grecale leans extra towards sportiness than utility, whereas the again finish wears horizontal lights linked by a strip of vivid trim. Vents chiseled into the fenders and trident-shaped logos on the C-pillars hyperlink the SUV to the remainder of the Maserati vary. It is a design that works, in our opinion: The Grecale is recognizable as a Maserati however not a duplicate of an present mannequin.
Busse advised us that the thought wasn’t merely to Xerox the MC20’s entrance finish onto the physique of an SUV.
“The design philosophy that I laid out at first was really carried out earlier than we designed [the MC20 and the Grecale]. We actually needed to sit down and get our forward round what we wish to do with the subsequent chapter of the model. The fact is that 70% of the design course of is knowing the message that you simply wish to create, and the automobile then designs itself and the remaining 30% is simply placing it on paper. We did not wish to design the automobile purely for Instagram; find yourself with a automobile loaded with actual or faux options, strains, and creases. We’re very a lot about purity. Maserati is a really sturdy performing automobile, so it does not have to shout, “Hey, have a look at me!” Fairly the alternative; it needs to be a rolling construction, a automobile that provides nearly visible worth to its surroundings. That is the overreaching philosophy,” Busse advised Autoblog.
Inside, Maserati built-in a comparatively lengthy listing of tech options with out making the dashboard appear to be the automotive equal of an iPhone. The motive force faces as much as 4 screens: a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen for the Maserati Clever Assistant (MIA) digital instrument cluster, an 8.8-inch touchscreen positioned proper beneath, and a digital clock — sure, that seemingly counts as a display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility come commonplace, and the listing of choices features a 21-speaker Sonus sound system.
How the Grecale’s cabin is configured will depend on the trim degree chosen. Consumers have a number of leather-based upholsteries and trim supplies to select from, together with wooden and carbon fiber. We’re guessing that the Fuoriserie program will present extra customization choices.
“It was time to up the sport with our inside designs, but in addition with match and end and with expertise,” Busse stated. “Screens had been by no means one thing that we had been recognized for. And, to be trustworthy, I do not suppose that we wish to be recognized for screens. Is the trade at peak display? However, on the finish of the day, we additionally wish to cut back the quantity of muddle within the automobile, so the result’s what you see right here,” he added.
At launch, the Grecale lineup will embrace three fashions referred to as GT, Modena, and Trofeo, respectively. The primary two trim ranges are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine turbocharged to 296 and 325 horsepower, respectively. It develops 332 pound-feet of torque no matter horsepower. Linked to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, the turbo-four spins the 4 wheels through an eight-speed automated transmission.
Fanatics will undoubtedly be extra within the range-topping Trofeo. As an alternative of a four-cylinder engine, the flagship Grecale good points a model of the twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 referred to as Nettuno and borrowed from the MC20 supercar. The six develops 523 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque on this software, and it additionally sends its energy to the 4 wheels through an eight-speed automated transmission. Brembo brakes assist maintain the additional energy in test, and it seems like they’re wanted: Maserati pegs the Trofeo’s zero-to-60-mph time at 3.6 seconds and its prime velocity at 177 mph. An air suspension system comes commonplace on the Trofeo; it is elective on the GT and on the Modena.
Pricing for the 2023 Maserati Grecale GT begins at $64,995 together with a compulsory $1,495 vacation spot cost, whereas the Modena Restricted Version (which is just accessible on-line and for a short while) carries a base worth of $78,895. There is no phrase but on how a lot the Trofeo will price.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin within the fall 2022. Trying forward, the Grecale vary will develop with the addition of an electrical mannequin (proven within the gallery) that may put on the Folgore nameplate and that is scheduled to succeed in showrooms earlier than the tip of 2023.
What’s in a reputation?
Traditionally, Maserati has named a lot of its vehicles after winds, and the Grecale isn’t any exception. It borrows its title from a north-easterly Mediterranean wind that is primarily felt on islands like Malta. Levante, Ghibli, Mistral, Bora, and Khamsin are wind names as properly.