Maserati finally reveals SUV Grecale

Maserati has finally unveiled the Grecale crossover, announced in 2020 during the launch of the MC20.

Maserati Grecale will oppose the Porsche Macan and Alfa Romeo Stelvio models, and given the fact that Levante is the best-selling Maserati product, accounting for as much as 60 percent of the company's global sales, Grecale is expected to further help increase the Italian company's market share.

Prior to the official presentation, prototypes of the Maserati Grecale model were extensively photographed, which gave us an idea of ​​what to expect in terms of exterior style and dimensions. The compact sports crossover is the second model in the company's line after the MC20 sports car, which has its new design language, which is obviously different from what we saw on previous Maserati models such as Levante, Ghibli and Quattroporte. However, the recognizable elements of the Maserati design have been rightly preserved, including three fender openings, headlight design, and even the front grille, and are clearly inspired by the MC20. We have to admit that the Maserati Grecale looks really good in bright yellow as seen in the official pictures published by the manufacturers.

When it comes to the interior, Maserati Grecale has the cabin with the most screens in comparison with any other model in the line. Instead of physical buttons, the sports SUV gets a smaller touch screen just below the main infotainment display that can be used to control everything from climate to vehicle settings. A surprising element is the clock on the dashboard, which has also been digitized for Grecale. Being a Maserati, the interior of the Grecale model comes wrapped in premium materials, including carbon fibre on a top-of-the-line sports variant.

The premium crossover will first be sold in three gas-powered versions, which includes the base GT version, a slightly more powerful premium version of the Modena and a premium sports version called the Trofeo. All variants are all-wheel drive.

The base GT specification comes with a 2.0-liter inline-four unit with turbocharging and a 48-volt hybrid system that produces 296 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Modena has a slightly more powerful version of this engine with 325 horsepower, while the top Trofeo has a deconstructed version of the 3.0-liter V-6 with twin turbocharging from the MC20 that has the same pre-chamber ignition system. In this application, it produces 523 horsepower and 457 pounds-feet of torque, compared to 621 hp and 538 pounds-feet of MC20.

Aiming to compete with the Porsche Macan GTS and other performance crossovers in its segment, the Grecale Trofeo can accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 177 mph. The Italian manufacturer has announced that a fully electric version of Grecale called Folgore will be launched next year, but most of the details have yet to be revealed.

Prices for the Grecale start at $ 64,995 for the base GT model and will go on sale this summer in the US.

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