Maserati Grecale Trofeo revealed with 523bhp V6 – Modena takes aim at the Porsche Macan GTS
It’s seen a number of supply-related setbacks along its development journey, but Maserati’s next new era is finally set to receive the boost it needs with the launch of the midsize Grecale SUV. Following the excellent MC20 supercar, and preceding the next GranTurismo. Pricing is still to be confirmed, but production is set to commence at the marque’s Cassino plant in the second half of 2022.
Maserati Grecale Powertrain
Three trim levels will be available at launch, starting with a 2-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine assisted by a mild-hybrid system standard on the GT and Modena variants, producing 296bhp and 325bhp respectively. The model we’re most interested in is the range-topping Trofeo, utilising an adaptation of the MC20’s 3-litre twin-turbocharged 90-degree Nettuno V6 that delivers an output of 523bhp and 620Nm of torque. Performance of the performance flagship is very impressive: 0-100kmph comes in a claimed 3.8sec with top speed at 285kmph– near-identical figures to Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
Though it now features a wet sump as opposed to dry, the Nettuno V6 retains the MC20’s F1-derived Twin Combustion technology improving both efficiency and output. Maserati’s new Vehicle Dynamic Control Module, a successor to the Chassis Domain Control Module used in the MC20, also makes its debut in the Grecale – this system is said to be predictive as opposed to reactive, improving dynamics and bringing more purpose to its five drive modes.
Maserati Grecale Exterior
The Grecale’s grille design takes clear inspiration from Maserati’s contemporary range including the MC20 supercar, while also paying homage to the iconic Giugiaro-designed 3200GT at the rear with its boomerang taillights. Though the GT and Modena variants are almost identical in appearance, the Trofeo does receive new side skirts, more aggressive bumpers, black window trim and a track that is 34mm wider. Uprated 360mm, six-piston front and 350mm four-piston rear brakes are standard for the Trofeo, as is air suspension and more substantial 255-section front, 295-section rear tyres.
Signalling a reemergence of Maserati in the automotive landscape, the new model would be a rival to the Porsche Macan, Range Rover Velar and BMW X4 in India. Considering the success of the Macan and other luxury crossover SUVs in the country, we hope that Maserati considers bringing the Grecale, especially in its Trofeo trim, to India. Do you think the Maserati Grecale could compete with the Macan in India?