► New, smaller SUV from Maserati
► To be built alongside Alfa Stelvio
► Electric, hybrid and petrol power
As part of the glittering unveiling event for the MC20 supercar, Maserati has also confirmed it will be adding a second SUV to its model line-up. Called the Maserati Grecale, it’s a smaller 4x4 than the existing Levante, will be built in the same factory as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and is set to go on sale in 2021.
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…
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.
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?
All we know so far is 2021 – whether this will be before or after the all-electric version of the Maserati Gran Turismo remains to be seen.
We’ll bring you more on the new junior SUV from Maserati as soon as we have it.