New Rendering Proves the Maserati Grecale Needs to be a Three-Door Hatchback

That is undoubtedly what the Grecale needs to be, although it’s not meant for this world

by Robert Moore, on

The Maserati Grecale was just lately revealed because the model’s new compact crossover to compete with fashions just like the BMW X3, Porsche Macan, and Alfa Romeo Stelvio, amongst others. It follows the everyday recipe with 4 doorways, gentle experience top, and a barely sloping roof, all of which come collectively to make it look extra like a raised hatchback than an actual SUV. What if Maserati modified up that recipe, although? What if the Grecale was really a three-door crossover as an alternative?

Maserati Grecale Two-Door

The chance of Maserati ever constructing a two-door (three-door with the hatch) Grecale is so slim that we’ve got a greater probability of Elon Musk being a true-to-life alien. However, this new rendering from X-Tomi exhibits simply what it could seem like, and I’ve to confess that I like this design higher. After all, there’s a enormous deficit of autos like this in America. One of many final three-door crossovers provided on this aspect of the pond was the Vary Rover Evoque, however that was discontinued when the second-gen mannequin launched in 2019. The three-door design was primarily changed by the considerably controversial however more and more fashionable coupe-SUV look. Personally, I’d desire the three-door design, however to every their very own, I suppose.

There are a couple of three-door SUVS nonetheless on the worldwide market in the event you’re actually , although. Brief-wheelbase variations of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Land Cruiser 70 Collection, and the Nissan Patrol can all be discovered with two entrance doorways and a hatch. You’d must undergo the import process to convey them stateside, although, and that’s provided that they’re sufficiently old to satisfy the present import laws. As for this one, the redesign does it some severe justice. The entrance doorways have been elongated to make up for the dearth of rear doorways and with the B-pillar additional again, it seems prefer it has a shorter wheelbase.

Such a design may need made the Grecale a bit quicker and even sportier than it already is. The bottom GT and mid-level Modena trim ranges include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Within the base mannequin, the engine makes 296 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. Within the Modena, the torque output stays the identical, however horsepower jumps as much as 325 ponies. The range-topping Trofeo trim degree has a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, which simply so occurs to be the identical engine discovered within the Maserati MC20. On this utility, nevertheless, it’s downgraded to provide 523 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque between 3,000 and 5,500 rpm.

Grecale Efficiency Specs
 GRECALE TROFEOGRECALE MODENAGRECALE GT
Engine structure Twin-turbo V6 90° MTCL4 MHEV with BSGL4 MHEV with BSG
Displacement (L)3.0L2.0L2.0L
Bore x stroke (mm)88 x 82 cm84 x 90 cm84 x 90 cm
Compression ratio11: 019.5:19.5:1
Peak output (hp)523 hp @ 6500 rpm 325 hp @ 5750 rpm296 hp @ 5750 rpm
Peak torque (lb-ft @ rpm)457 lb-ft @ 3000 – 5500 rpm 332 lb-ft @ 2000 – 5000 rpm332 lb-ft @ 2000 – 4000 rpm
Ignition systemMaserati Twin Combustion (MTC) Twin Spark with passive pre-chamberSingle ignition coil for every cylinder, linked on to the spark plugSingle ignition coil for every cylinder, linked on to the spark plug
Gasoline systemPDI (350-bar direct injection + 6-bar door injection)Direct injection – Excessive-pressure ICE – 200 bar
InductionTwin generators with electronically activated wastegateTurbocharger with digital wastegate + e-Booster
LubricationRepeatedly variable displacement wet-sump oil pump with cylinder deactivation systemVariable displacement oil pump as required
DistributionDouble overhead camshaft with variable valve timingSecond-generation MultiAir™ valve management system

As for straight-line efficiency, the Grecale is definitely fairly spectacular. The GT can dash to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds whereas the additional 29 horsepower within the Modena permits for a 5.0-second dash to 60 mph. The Trofeo makes the identical dash in 3.6 seconds. Prime pace for the decrease trims is pegged at 149 mph however the Trofeo tops out at 177 mph. I can’t however assume that – if a three-door Grecale was actually lighter – that the straight-line efficiency could be even higher. Not that it actually must be higher. In case you examine the Grecale as it’s to the Macan and X3, it wins two-thirds of the time.

The GT trim, for instance, competes towards the Commonplace Macan and X3 30i. Each fashions take six seconds to hit 60 mph, which is precisely one-second slower than the GT. The GT’s prime pace of 149 mph additionally trumps the Macan’s restrict of 144 mph and the X3’s restrict of 130 mph. It’s the identical story for the Trofeo, the place it’s 3.6-second dash to 60 mph beats out the Macan GTS at 4.3 seconds and the X3 M and three.9 seconds. Its 177-mph prime pace can be a bit greater than the Macan GTS at 169 mph and the X3M at 174 mph. The one place the Grecale loses is with the Modena trim. It competes with the Macan S and the X3 M40i. On this case, it’s slower to 60 mph by 0.4 seconds vs. the Macan and 0.6 seconds vs. the M40i. Its 149 mph pace can be a letdown, with the Macan S able to pulling 160 mph and the M40i maxing out at 155 mph.

That mentioned, the Grecale has one different large drawback, and that’s the value. Full particulars aren’t but obtainable, however the base GT begins out at $64,995, which is sufficient to transfer up a degree to the Macan S or BMW X3 M40i. In case you have been to go for the Moden restricted version, which is alleged to begin out at $78,895, you would possibly as effectively simply spend $79,900 on the Macan GTS or $70,100 on the BMW X3 M. Trofeo pricing hasn’t been revealed but, however we’re guessing it’ll begin within the mid-$80,000 vary making it far more costly than all of its opponents. A restricted three-door mannequin just like the one on this rendering could be much more costly, and whereas it could be a tough promote to shoppers, I’m certain the bean counters would shoot it down earlier than the pitch was even made.

Grecale Pricing Comparability
MSRP
Grecale GT$64,995
Grecale Modena$78,895 (restricted version)
Grecale Trofeo$84,000 (est)
Macan$54,000
Macan S$65,400
Macan GTS$79,900
X3 30i xDrive$45,700
X3 M40i$57,800
X3 M$70,100

Supply: X-Tomi Design

Robert Moore

Robert Moore

Robert has been an auto fanatic his whole life. He began working vehicles at a younger age, studying the fundamentals from his father within the dwelling storage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert grew to become an increasing number of keen on vehicles and satisfied his father to show him easy methods to drive when he was simply 13 years previous. Robert continued engaged on vehicles in his free time and realized as a lot as he might about engines, transmissions, and automobile electrical techniques, one thing that solely fed his curiosity extra and ultimately led him to earn a bachelors diploma in automotive know-how with a main concentrate on engine efficiency and transmission rebuilding. Comply with @RobMoore839  Learn full bio

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Patrick Moore

Patrick is our chief editor and he's very passionate about cars. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and he studies journalism. His favorite brand is BMW and he drives an X5 series. When he's not writing for Vehiclenews.net, he enjoys spending time with his family and 9 years old son.

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