Maserati teases new Grecale SUV with blurry prototype pictures

Published: 19 February 2021

► New, smaller SUV from Maserati
► To be built alongside Alfa Stelvio
► Electric, hybrid and petrol power

Maserati has dropped some new images of the Grecale but don't get too excited - they're blurry pictures of a prototype covered in camouflage.

As the second SUV from Maser, the Grecale will be built alongside the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and will go on sale at the end of 2021. It's smaller than the existing Levante.

Here’s everything we know about the new Maserati SUV so far.

The Maserati what now?

The Grecale. Which is in danger of being called the Greyscale in the same way the Alfa Tonale might occasionally be referred to around the office as the Toenail. We digress…

Maserati Grecale rear prototype

The name comes from ‘the fierce north-east wind of the Mediterranean Sea.’

It’s perhaps not as well known as Lamborghini’s habit of naming cars after bulls, but Maserati is fond of a bit of wind. The Ghibli, Bora, Merak, Khamsin and the Levante are all named after stiff breezes, too.

Is the Grecale based on the same platform as the Levante?

No. For the new model, Maserati has chosen to adopt the FCA ‘Giorgio’ platform Alfa Romeo uses for the Stelvio (and the Giulia). The quick pic we managed to snap of the styling concept (which was presented in a pitch-black room, almost as if Maserati didn't want us to take any pictures) shows a very similar rear window line to the Alfa SUV, too.

The use of this platfom is no bad thing, as far as we’re concerned, as both those Alfa Romeos are great to drive – a characteristic Maserati will need to exploit to the fullest extent if it wants the Grecale to be a success.

Maserati Grecale front prototype

Given this, it makes sense that the Grecale will also be built in the same factory as the Stelvio: Cassino in Italy, which started life as the Fiat 126 plant in 1972. Things have moved on a bit since then but even so, an 800 million Euro investment has just been made to bring the place ‘up to the standards of Maserati.’

Make of that what you will.

Any news on performance and capability?

No details yet, but Maserati has revealed the Grecale will be available with petrol, hybrid and pure electric power.

And the Maserati Grecale on sale date is?

Maserati has confirmed that the new Grecale will arrive at the end of 2021.

We’ll bring you more on the new junior SUV from Maserati as soon as we have it.

By CJ Hubbard

Former CAR magazine associate editor, road tester, organiser, extremely variable average wheel count