The highly anticipated new Maserati Grecale compact luxury crossover has just been revealed by its manufacturer, with ambitious aspirations to compete with established models such as the BMW X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC or successful Porsche Macan. The Grecale is a vehicle in which great hopes are placed to achieve sufficient cash flow to finance the ambitious Folgore Project, which is aimed at the electrification of the line. It is smaller than the Levante and owes its name to a fresh Mediterranean wind that blows from the northeast in situations of low atmospheric pressure. In addition, it comes in three flavors: GT, Modena and Trophy.
The entry-level GT version uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with mild-hybrid technology that produces 296 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. For its part, the Modena uses an edition of the same engine that increases the number of horsepower to 325 but maintains the same level of torque. The GT accelerates from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in 5.6 seconds, while the Modena does it in 5.3. Both reach a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h).
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At the top of the line, at least for now, is the Grecale Trofeo. It’s equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that it shares with the MC20, producing 523 horsepower and peak torque of 457 pound-feet; It accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.8 seconds, in addition to reaching a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h).
The Grecale Trofeo features an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and an AWD setup with an electronic limited-slip rear differential. In turn, the four-cylinder editions use mechanical, open or limited-slip differentials mated to a version of the same automatic transmission calibrated for the smaller engines.
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The presentation did not go into details of the electric version, the fourth flavor of this crossover, which will not arrive in the United States until the fall of 2023 and will be known as the Maserati Grecale Folgore. The manufacturer, however, said that this model – the first electric vehicle in the history of the brand – will be available in an exclusive copper tone called Rame Folgore, will come with a huge 105 kWh battery, will use 400 V technology and its electric motors they’ll generate a near-instantaneous 590 pound-feet of torque, which should turn the little truck into a real rocket.
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Although its size looks unusual for the brand, no one will confuse the Grecale with any vehicle other than a Maserati, as it was shamelessly endowed with all the brand’s distinctive design cues. Still, the result is attractive, especially in the case of the Trophy variant, which looks beautiful and aggressive thanks to huge front air intakes and a body kit that gives it a very unique personality.
The luxurious cabin of the Grecale is equipped with four digital screens. One of them, in front of the driver, contains the instrument panel, while the other three are in the center of the dashboard: an upper 12.3-inch one for the navigation and audio systems, among other configurable ones, and a lower 8.8-inch one used for climate system controls. What is the fourth screen? The watch. Maserati will also offer an optional HUD as well as a Sonus Faber sound system with 21 speakers and 1,000 watts of power.
Europe will be the first market to start sales of the Grecale in the first half of 2022, followed by North America during the fall. Maserati said that in the United States the Grecale will start at $63,500 for the GT version and $77,400 for the Modena Limited Edition, which will only be available for a short time and must be reserved online. The manufacturer did not share the prices of the rest of the versions.