Maserati Grecale: The Levante's little brother goes for a ride

At the end of 2020, a great presentation took place that marked the beginning of a new era within Maserati since it not only served to present the long-awaited MC20, a supercar with a V6 engine that in a while will receive an electric version (electrification, in fact, will play a transcendental role in the future of the Italian brand), but also served to advance another very interesting and long-awaited novelty that will have the mission of improving the company's sales: a compact-size SUV called Grecale.

We are talking about a vehicle that at that time already anticipated its silhouette, to later be shown in a series of images while walking around the Maserati plant in Viale Ciro Menotti, in Modena. However, it was not until today that Car and Driver media spies had the opportunity to hunt in the middle of the street what aspires to be one of the most important models of the Italian firm, yes, with the corresponding camouflage that they already saw during the visit from Carlos Tavares to the company's factory.

A little brother for the Levante

The trident brand itself confirmed the expansion of its SUV family with a little brother for the Levante. Recall that Maserati was introduced in this fashion back in 2016, with a product that slightly improved its sales along with the Ghibli. This same strategy will be repeated from next year with the Grecale, an SUV of smaller dimensions than those of the Levante whose architecture will be, except for a last-minute surprise, the Giorgio platform of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The name chosen by Maserati has been borrowed from the strong northeast winds around the Mediterranean Sea. The fact that the Grecale is below the Levante means that someone within the brand has thought that the best way to increase profits will be with a more affordable SUV that does not lose the essence of the trident and whose lines are anticipated with the images to which we refer. They hint at a sharp front end, rounded headlights, and a descending roofline behind the B-pillars culminating in a spoiler. The taillights extend horizontally and the four tailpipes could not be missing.

With hybrid versions

Of course, Maserati does not stop with the launch of the MC20 and the arrival of the Grecale as the next generation of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio is on the way, with major surprises as both will be offered with electric powertrains. The electrification strategy of the brand has already begun and the first manifestation was the Ghibli Hybrid presented last year, as well as the Levante Hybrid, showed in 2021. Therefore, it is not surprising that the new SUV also includes some electrified variants.

Along with this hypothetical version will meet other conventional based on turbocharged gasoline engines. A four-cylinder mechanical with about 250 horsepower could be placed on an access step, while the top of the range would come from the hand of the MC20's V6 Nettuno block. Thanks to its 3.0-liter displacement, Maserati could extract about 500 hp to face rivals such as the BMW X3 M, Porsche Macan Turbo, and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63.

Premiere late 2021

Production of the Maserati Grecale will take place at the Cassino plant in Italy, where the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia are also manufactured. Its presentation will take place, according to the brand, before the end of 2021, and until then it will continue with an intense program of tests that is already close to reaching its end. We will be attentive to future news.

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