Ahead of its world premiere in November 2021, the Maserati Grecale is undergoing testing on public roads. TopElectricSUV.com reader RS spotted a Polish-registered prototype recently and shared its spy picture.
The Maserati Grecale will be 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 platform models, it will be available as an all-electric SUV optionally. Reports suggest that the Maserati Grecale EV variant will arrive in 2022.
Maserati Grecale design
The Maserati Grecale sits low and hunched, and it looks more like a large hatchback than an SUV. The visibly short rear section and the long front-end give it a sporty cab-rearward stance. At the front, the Grecale features headlights inspired by the mid-engined MC20 supercar in the upper portion, the signature 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, all least in the camouflaged form, are reminiscent of the Jaguar F-Pace and the Audi Q8.
Maserati Grecale specifications
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.
Maserati Grecale release date
Made in Cassino, Italy, the Maserati Grecale should go on sale in the U.S. in H1 2022. It will compete with the Porsche Macan, which costs USD 54,900 onwards. The pure electric variant may reach showrooms a year later in 2023.
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