After months of announcements, teasers, spy photos and delayed launch dates, here it finally comes: the Maserati Grecale!
Positioned in the Maserati lineup under big brother Levante, the Grecale is the new mid-size sporty luxury SUV that not only sees the marque’s sales turn around at the Trident, but also scrounge up sales at the one it has in the viewfinder: the Porsche Macan. For this, he can bet on engines of 300 horsepower minimum and exceeding 500 horsepower. And even on the electric with a zero emission version which will arrive from 2023!
like deja vu
The Maserati Grecale is based on the same architecture as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Giorgio platform. Hence production in the same factory as its cousin, in Cassino. However, it is much larger than its cousin the Biscione, with 4.84 meters long (+1 cm in Trofeo), or 16 cm more, and 8 cm more wheelbase at 2.90 m. A Porsche Macan measures 4.72 meters.
In terms of style, if we find elements close to the sporty MC20, we must admit that this Grecale is not very original. Expected shall we say. With a front end that is reminiscent of a Ford Puma! At the rear, Maserati tells us about boomerang lights supposed to recall those of the Maserati 3200 GT.
On the other hand, we appreciate the many small additions of carbon here and there to the bodywork to highlight the « technical » elements, and which add to the sportiness of the vehicle. Note that the Modena and Trofeo versions have rear tracks that are 34 mm wider than the GT version, sports skirt and bumpers and black slats in the grille, replacing the chrome.
Inside, Maserati enters a new dimension, very modern and still luxurious, with few buttons and no less than four screens in total. There is a large screen behind the steering wheel for instrumentation, while in the center of the dashboard, two screens are superimposed: one at the top of 12.3 inches, and the other below 8.8 inches. which is mainly used for air conditioning. Two screens under the same slab, with different inclinations, and with the automatic gearbox control buttons between the two.
The fourth « screen » is that of the central clock, which is now digital. Finally, a fifth touch screen is located at the rear for the tri-zone climate control.
As for the trunk, Maserati announces for its Grecale a volume of 535 liters for the mild hybridization versions, and 570 liters for the V6 Trofeo version.
Three different versions
Three types of finish are offered on the Maserati Grecale, for three different styles. So the Grecale GT comes in matte bronze, paired with satin chrome exterior trim, dual exhaust and 19-inch (20 or 21-inch optional) alloy wheels. Standard black leather upholstery and laser-etched inserts distinguish the GT trim inside.
As for the Grecale Modena, it can be recognized by its slightly silvery gray color, its 20-inch rims and its trim in gloss black and dark black. Inside, an embroidered and stitched graphic pattern extends across the dashboard, door panels and seats, while the leather can be dark red or ice. The inserts can be in gray stained wood.
Third finishes, the Greek Trophy and its launch color Giallo Modenese Yellow, with large 21-inch wheels, carbon fiber trim on the bumpers and side skirts, and a sports exhaust. The cabin also offers carbon fiber and perforated leather, which can be black with contrasting stitching.
Note that a Prima Serie launch edition with an exclusive finish will be offered
Two versions of the 4-cylinder petrol…
Let’s come to the engines. What wood is this Maserati Grecale made of? Let’s start with those that will probably sell the most, two mild hybrid engines, or mild hybridization, which are based in particular on what is already done in the Ghibli.
There is therefore a 48-volt battery, an alternator / BSG (Belt Starter Generator) motor and an eBooster electric turbocharger for low revs, all associated with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
On the Grecale GT, this engine offers 300 horsepower at 5750 rpm and 450 Nm between 2000 and 4000 rpm. The top speed is announced for 240 km/h, and the 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds.
On the Grecale Modena, this same engine is a little more powerful, with 330 horsepower, still 450 Nm of torque but over a wider range, up to 5000 rpm. The top speed is still 240 km/h, the 0 to 100 km/h drops to 5.3 seconds.
… and the 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6!
At the top of the Maserati Grecale’s engine pyramid is the 3.0-litre biturbo V6 dedicated to the Trofeo version, closely linked to the Nettuno mounted on the MC20. This new 3000 cc engine that will be manufactured in the Termoli plant differs from the Nettuno of the MC20 by wet sump lubrication and the possibility of deactivating the right bank of cylinders in certain conditions, which allows to reduce consumption and emissions .
As on the Nettuno, this 3.0-litre V6 has two spark plugs for each combustion chamber (Twin Spark) and MTC technology (Maserati Twin Combusion). All this results in an engine that delivers 530 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 620 Nm of torque between 3000 and 5500 rpm. What accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.8 seconds and reach 285 km / h peak.
Note that all versions of the Maserati Grecale are equipped with all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Only the differential differs on each version.
See the technical sheet of the Maserati Grecale versions.
An electric Maserati Grecale!
As announced, the Maserati Grecale will soon arrive in a 100% electric version called Grecale Folgore. It is scheduled for the summer of 2023, but we now know a little more about the model. Using 400 volt technology and a 105 kWh battery, we know that it will have two electric motors and that its maximum torque will be 800 Nm. However, we do not yet know the power.
Presented in a special Rame Folgore color livery, made up of iridescent pigments and copper exterior finishes, it is fitted with 21-inch rims with a very specific design. The grille has also been redesigned.
Inside, it is through the use of Econyl, a recycled nylon obtained by, for example, recovering fishing nets from the sea that this 100% electric version stands out.
Technical sheet Maserati Grecale
|Maserati Grecale GT||Maserati Grecale Modena||Maserati Grecale Trofeo||Maserati Grecale Folgore|
|Motor||4 cylinder 2.0 turbo petrol 48V||4 cylinder 2.0 turbo petrol 48V||V6 3.0 twin-turbo petrol||Two electric motors|
|Power||300 horsepower||330 horsepower||530 horsepower||–|
|0 to 100 km/h||5.6 seconds||5.3 seconds||3.8 seconds||–|
|Max speed||240 km/h||240 km/h||285 km/h||–|
|Gearbox||8-speed ZF automatic (8HP50 Gen 2.5)||8-speed ZF automatic (8HP50 Gen 2.5)||8-speed ZF automatic (8HP75 Gen2)||–|
|Transmission||Integral with mechanical open differential||Integral with mechanical limited-slip self-locking differential||Integral with electronic limited-slip self-locking differential||4 wheels driving|
|Brakes||Front 4 pistons 350 mm / Rear 330 mm||Front 4 pistons 350 mm / Rear 330 mm||Front 6 pistons 360 mm / Rear 4 pistons 350 mm||–|
|Consumption||8.7 – 9.2 l/100km||8.8 – 9.3 l/100km||11.2l/100km||–|