Testing continues on the prototypes of the new Maserati Grecale. Over the past few hours, the automaker has shared new official photos and a video showing test prototypes in red camo during cold weather testing in Sweden. .
There will be sport
Prototypes have been tested to fine-tune start-up and handling in extreme temperatures, vehicle dynamics controls on mixed asphalt/ice/snow surfaces and climate comfort maintenance under all exterior conditions which can vary by a few degrees above zero to -30°C in the Scandinavian far north. The tests also aimed to determine with precision the characteristics of traction, understeer and oversteer of the car of the different driving modes and with different sizes and types of wheels to give a specific character to each of the different driving modes available. .
The latest photos suggest a sporty Grecale, with broad shoulders and a suggestive quadruple tailpipe. Full powertrain details are still under wraps, but likely options are a base turbo four-cylinder and a range-topping boosted V6 for the Trofeo version, which will rival the Porsche Macan Turbo, BMW X3 M and Mercedes. -AMG GLC 63.
Classic but modernized interior
Hours earlier, spy photos of a fully disguised prototype of the SUV were released by carscoops. They gave a more detailed look at the interior, revealing a new multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, the Uconnect 5 infotainment system with touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster. The design as a whole is both fluid and sinuous. Metallic finishes that run across the width of the dash hide the integrated air vents, while a large touchscreen infotainment system takes center stage alongside a digital instrument cluster.
The traditional gear lever is gone as Maserati opts for a device positioned between the infotainment screen and a second display which will most likely concern the air conditioning. As for the seats, these have a sleeker, fluted design than the aggressive arrow shapes of the other prototype spotted in recent days. One thing that remains the same between the two prototypes are push-button door releases instead of traditional door handles. There is also the classic watch used by Maserati, overlooking the large central digital screen and which is now a trademark of the Trident.
The second Trident SUV, based on the Giorgio platform common with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, was due to debut on November 16. However, Maserati has decided to postpone the presentation until next spring to avoid any problems related to the semiconductor crisis. According to reports, production of the Maserati Grecale is expected to start at Cassino by the end of March.