Maserati Grecale ready to compete with Porsche Macan

Italian manufacturer Maserati has officially taken the wraps off its new Grecale SUV.

Set up a meeting with Porsche MacanThe Grecale is available in up to 523bhp, although the entry-level GT gets a 296bhp 2.0-liter mild-hybrid turbocharged petrol engine.

Going on sale in the second half of 2022, expect prices to start at around £50,000. Next year, the range will be replenished with an all-electric model.

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While the GT specification opens up the range, the sportier Modena and Trofeo models add more aggressive body kits, bigger wheels and wider rear tracks. And to further whet your appetite for the Trofeo, its twin-turbo V6 with 620 Nm of torque and cylinder deactivation technology accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph.

Measuring 4.85 meters long and 1.98 meters wide, the front of the Grecale has the typical Maserati grille with the trident badge. Notably, however, there are new vertically positioned headlights that make a big difference compared to the horizontal look of the larger Maserati Levante SUV. The newcomer also gets the Italian brand’s signature triple side vents that sit behind the front wheel arch.

Everything in the cabin is new. The five-seater benefits from a more digital environment than any previous production Maserati. There’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.8-inch touchscreen, and a center touchscreen with the new Android Automotive software.

The interior also features a smart new digital clock that sits on a redesigned dashboard. The watch serves as a reference for car voice control and digital assistant functions; so if you ask the machine to do something, the clock will react and respond. Not exactly Cogsworth from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, but interesting technology.

Both the GT and Modena are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged mild-hybrid petrol engine producing 296 hp. in the entry-level model and 325 hp. for the last one. Both also deliver a peak torque of 450 Nm, with the GT hitting 60 mph in 5.6 seconds versus the Modena’s 5.3 seconds. Both reach a top speed of 149 mph. Fuel consumption? Maserati lists 32.4 and 32.1 mpg respectively, with CO2 emissions of 194g/km.

All Grecale models get all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters as standard. Both the Modena and Trofeo also get a lockable mechanical rear differential as standard; this is an option for the GT. Adaptive air suspension is also standard on the Trofeo – as an option on the other two models – while a new integrated driving dynamics management system called VDCM has been developed for the car and is standard across the range.

Grecale has five driving modes: Comfort, GT, Sport, Race and Off-Road. And depending on how you drive the SUV, the 48-volt hybrid system, which consists of a belt-driven starter-alternator and battery in the trunk, plus an electric compressor, can be used to increase performance or reduce consumption.

Gasoline models will be complemented by the all-electric Folgore-badged Grecale due next year. Using the same platform, the Folgore will be Maserati’s first electric road car. A 105 kWh battery will power an electric motor with around 540 hp. and a torque of 800 Nm. No range or performance data has yet been released.

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