Maserati has taken the camouflage off the Grecale compact crossover, and the lineup includes an all-electric version named Grecale Folgore. Pricing is yet to be announced but Maserati confirmed that the SUV (ICE-powered ones) will be available to order in the second half of 2022, depending on the market, of course.
The ICE-powered Grecale is gonna be available in three variants: Grecale GT, Grecale Modena and the range-topping Grecale Trofeo. All three have subtle visual differentiation, but the Trofeo looks a lot more sporty, of course, with carbon fibre bits and trapezoidal tailpipes featured in the example above. Also, the Modena and Trofeo models’ rear track is wider by 34 mm compared with the GT model, giving them a more dynamic benefit.
The length and height slightly vary depending on the model; the Trofeo measures 4,859 mm long, 1,979 mm wide and 1,659 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,901 mm. The base model gets 19-inch wheels, the Modena 20-inch wheels, and of course, the Trofeo rides on 21-inch wheels. The range-topping model also gets the largest discs, measuring 360 mm at the front gripped by 6-piston Brembo calipers and 350 mm at the rear gripped by 4-piston Brembo calipers. Air suspension (adjustable by 6 levels) is standard on the Trofeo, but is available on the other two models. Active dampers are standard on Modena and Trofeo.
When it comes to the design, I think the design team has ensured that the Grecale looks just as cute as the Porsche Macan, and that’s already the battle half won. The side profile has strong Stelvio vibes, but that’s understandable. And considering that there are up to 530 horses on offer (currently), I’m pretty sure that the Grecale will sell in large quantities, outselling its big brother Levante by a large difference.
Inside, the dashboard design looks very avant-garde, and it is dominated by two displays in the middle: a 12.3-inch at the top and another 8.8-inch panel at the bottom for extra controls. And of course, there’s a 12.3-inch driver display as well. That clock you see in the middle is
analog digital as well. The rear passengers get their own 6.5-inch touchscreen. Other key highlights include Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA), Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, three-zone climate control, Sonus faber audio system, an optional head-up display, and the usual ADAS. Download the 20-page press info document here.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the GT and Modena models are powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The output figures are 220.5 kW (300 metric hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. The Modena gets 22 kW (30 metric hp) more. The Modena is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds while the top speed is 240 km/h (149 mph) for both.
The range-topping Grecale Trofeo packs a 3.0L V6 twin-turbo Nettuno engine, tuned to produce 390 kW (530 metric hp) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque. This model is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph).
Transmission is an 8-speed automatic, driving all four wheels.
What about the Grecale Folgore, the brand’s first-ever BEV? Well, I’m glad you asked. The name translates to “thunderbolt”. I know, I know, that’s not really what you’re interested to know. But Maserati has shared only limited info at the moment. The Folgore packs a 100 kWh battery with a 400-volt architecture. The power output is a secret at the moment, but the torque is gonna be 800 Nm (590 lb-ft).