Maserati Grecale Revealed Ahead Of Launch
The Maserati Grecale has been spotted for the first time without its camouflage, ahead of its public debut on March 22. Wilco Blok shared new images of the Porsche Macan rival in full production-spec bodywork on Instagram. It’s sporting some of the promotional stickers seen in recent teaser images, but it looks largely the same as it will when it’s officially unveiled in less than two weeks.
The Maserati Grecale was supposed to be unveiled last year, but it was postponed due to a shortage of semiconductors, which prevented Maserati from starting series production.
The decision was made “in light of background problems that have caused interruptions in supply chains for key components necessary to complete the car’s production process,” according to the company. Due to the crisis’s production constraints, it would not have been able to meet the expected global demand for the car.
The Maserati Grecale is roughly the same size as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, with which it will share the majority of its underpinnings, and now that we’ve seen the Grecale’s final design, the larger Levante’s influence is clear.
Maserati Grecale is named after the Mediterranean Sea’s ferocious north-east wind. The car is an important part of Maserati’s bold revival plan, which began in 2020 with the unveiling of the MC20 supercar.
The SUV will be built on the same production line as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio in FCA’s Cassino plant in Italy, and will play a “key role in the brand’s development.” Maserati intends to invest around €800 million (roughly Rs 640 crore) in the factory.
It will also have a lot of the same underpinnings as the Stelvio, and a fully electric version, the Folgore, is on the way. The combustion-engined models, on the other hand, will use Maserati engines rather than Alfa-sourced engines, with the mild-hybridized 2.0-liter turbo offered in the Ghibli and Levante, as well as a downturned version of the MC20’s new Nettuno V6 for the most powerful variant.
The Grecale will be “the most practical in its class, but it will also be luxurious,” according to Maserati global planning boss Francesco Tonon, who also added, “It will feature the best-in-class design and features.” Of course, it’ll still be a Maserati, but it’ll have the best performance and handling in the class.”
SUVs are expected to account for 70% of Maserati sales by 2025, with saloons falling to 15% and sports cars like the MC20 accounting for 5%.
Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne first confirmed the new SUV in 2018, as part of a complete overhaul of the company’s product line-up. The MC20 will be available in three versions: coupé, Spider convertible, and fully electric, as well as a new Granturismo and Grancabrio, which will be available in both combustion and electric versions.
By 2024, the brand will also offer a new-generation Levante and Quattroporte, both of which will be powered by an electric motor. This will have an 800V electrical system and three motors in top-spec form.