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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Maserati Unveils First-Ever Grecale Compact SUV


After a delay brought on by the global semi-conductor shortage, Maserati has finally unveiled its newest offering: the 2023 Grecale. Developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena, Italy and produced at the Cassino plant, it strikes the right balance between versatility, elegance, performance, and innovation.

The premium compact SUV will offer the fullest range in terms of line-up for the Maserati brand with a wide range of engines available. It will come not just with conventional internal combustion and hybrid powertrains, but it will be the brand’s first-ever all-electric SUV.

At launch, the Grecale will be offered with three powertrains with the base model (GT) being a four-cylinder mild-hybrid with 300 horsepower. It will be followed by a four-cylinder mild-hybrid with 330 horsepower (Modena) and a 3.0-liter V6 with 530 horsepower (Trofeo). The last option is actually based off the Nettuno engine fitted in the MC20 sportscar.



Completing the range is a 100 percent electric version (Folgore) using 400-volt technology.

Whatever the variant, the Grecale comes with driver-selectable modes. The Maserati Vehicle Dynamic Control Module (VDCM) system offers up to five modes: Comfort, GT, Sport, Corsa (Trofeo only), and Off-Road.

The Grecale stands out in terms of spaciousness and comfort, boasting an impressive set of “best-in-class” features. It’s best-in-class in terms of interior space, drivability, handling, acceleration (0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds – on the Trofeo), top speed (285 km/h – again on the Trofeo), sound quality, and extensive use of fine materials such as wood, carbon fiber and leather.

Its dimensions are a major factor: in the GT version, Grecale is 4,846 mm long with a wheelbase of 2,901 mm, a height of 1,670 mm, a width of 2,163 mm (including wing mirrors), with a rear wheel track of 1,948 mm (and even greater in the Trofeo).



The design of Grecale embraces Maserati’s new visual symbol, which distinguishes every new model since the MC20. The front features a low and imposing grille. The profile is notable for its contrast between purity and technique, with a highly fluid body highlighted by the use of carbon fiber. In the rear, the boomerang taillights are inspired by the Giugiaro 3200 GT and fit in with the trapezoidal line, made even more striking by the coupé effect of the cabin and its finish like a sports car’s.

Inside, in the cabin, the standout tech specs include the traditional Maserati clock face. Digital for the first time, it transforms into a veritable in-car concierge, courtesy of voice control.

Everything becomes touch-based. The technology is controlled from the displays: the large 12.3-inch central screen, the largest ever seen in a Maserati, another 8.8-inch display for the extra controls, and a third for the passengers in the rear seats. The in-car experience is managed from the Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) Multimedia system, from the state-of-the-art infotainment and from Maserati Connect. The Sonus faber sound system includes a standard of 14 to a maximum of 21 speakers.


2 comments:

  1. why am I seeing Kermit the Frog with the car's front design....

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  2. Ford Puma yarn? joke....

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