There’s only one downside when it comes to the worldwide SUV market, these bigger, higher, and more practical cars have become the style of car to take over the good old shooting brake/estate/wagon which is ever so slowly rendering the longroofs obsolete. For some that’s a major issue, but when there’s new SUVs on the market in the form of the super stylish new Maserati Grecale it makes sense why the car-buying public is making these kinds of choices.
The all-new Maserati Grecale is “The Everyday Exceptional” thanks to the perfect balance of elegance and performance, introducing a new segment to the Maserati brand. With Maserati being the sister brand to Ferrari, you’d be forgiven for expecting the best finishes and quality of materials. You’d be right too, this luxurious Italian brand has added a few new SUVs to the mix under the Maserati Grecale nomenclature. The aim is to have the best-in-class SUV and with the Grecale’s innovation, versatility and luxury it looks set to be one of the best money can buy. You could say that it’s going to blow the competition away, which is quite fitting really when you consider that the name of Maserati’s latest SUV is taken from The Gregale (Grecale in Italian), which is a north-easterly Mediterranean wind. Naming cars after famous winds is a Maserati tradition - now you know.
The new Maserati Grecale features four trim levels at the time of the launch, with a 5h planned for release in the near future. The first is the Maserati Grecale GT and in this one we find a compact 4-cylinder ‘mild hybrid’ engine capable of producing a decent 300hp (224kW). The second Grecale, the Modena, sees fitment of another 4-cylinder “mild hybrid” engine with power bumped up to 330hp (246kW), but for fans of the top of the range things the must-have version is the aptly named Trofeo. This version of the Grecale derives its power from a well-tuned 530hp (395kW) V6 powerplant based on the MC20 Nettuno, you can see why it’s going to appeal to power junkies.
Also at launch, the Grecale is available in a limited edition model called the PrimaSerie Launch Edition that differs from the others with exclusive interiors and technological content and unique features like the special contrasting PrimaSerie stitching on the inner headrest. The fifth model that will be available to complete the Maserati Grecale range is billed to launch in exactly one year, and it will make use of 400V technology to become the automaker’s first fully electric SUV.