The Maserati Grecale is perhaps the most photographed premium test vehicle in recent times. A reader at TopElectricSUV.com (RS) had a lucky sighting of a Polish-registered Maserati Grecale prototype recently. Maserati planned to unveil its SUV in November 2021 but had to postpone the event to 2022 because of the semiconductor chip shortage which has hit vehicle production worldwide.
The Grecale is a luxury midsize SUV like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the premium Italian model from which it will borrow the Giorgio platform. However, unlike the other Giorgio-based products, it will be available as an all-electric SUV optionally. Reports suggest that the Maserati Grecale EV variant will appear on the market in 2023, and according to Hibridos Y Electricos, the name will be ‘Maserati Grecale Folgore.’
The Maserati Grecale is a gorgeous, sleek SUV that can be identified by its low height and sporty cab-rearward stance. It sports headlights inspired by the MC20 supercar. It features the convex upper grille with vertical slats in the center and the signature three air vents in the bottom.
At the back, in addition to a raked hatch, we can see a roof spoiler, quad exhaust tips, and sleek horizontal combination lamps that, at least in the camouflaged form, are reminiscent of the Jaguar F-Pace and the Audi Q8.
Maserati Grecale specifications
The Maserati Grecale will reportedly be 4.85 meters (190.9 in.) long, 2.16 meters (85.0 in.) wide (incl. mirrors), and 1.67 meters (65.7 in.) high. It will have a 2.9-meter (114.2 in.)-long wheelbase and a 535-liter (18.9-cubic feet) boot. Its smaller exterior dimensions compared to the Levante could make it a more suitable choice in European cities.
Reports say that Maserati will offer the Grecale with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine of the Ghibli Hybrid and Levante Hybrid, and a detuned version of the MC20’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline mill.
The 2.0-liter engine in question features a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that comprises a Belt Starter Generator (BSG), an electric supercharger called ‘eBooster,’ an additional battery, and a DC/DC convertor. The BSG functions as an alternator, recuperates energy during braking/deceleration, and charges the additional battery. The charging saved in the auxiliary battery powers the eBooster. In the Levante Hybrid, the system operates such that the eBooster always remains available, via the secondary battery or the BSG.
The BSG and eBooster can help balance the fuel usage and performance when driving normally, and during heavy-footed or spirited driving, they provide an extra boost when the engine maxes out (reaches its peak rpm). For reference, this engine produces 330 PS (335 hp) at 5,750 rpm and 450 Nm (332 lb.-ft.) of torque at 2,250-4,500 rpm. An 8-speed automatic transmission sends drive to the wheels.
Made in Cassino, Italy, the Maserati Grecale should go on sale in the U.S. next year. It will compete with the Porsche Macan, which costs USD 54,900 onwards. The Maserati Grecale Folgore, its pure electric variant, may reach showrooms in the second half of 2023.
On November 16, Maserati executed a promotional event where Grecale prototypes ran through Milan streets and formed a huge trident. In one of the aerial shots, we could see the Grecale’s shape and bonnet lines are clearly visible. The company has put more than 250 development models on test in the U.S., Japan, the UAE, China, Finland, and Italy. The prototype testing should continue till the series production begins in early or mid-2022.
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