Maserati is launching its second crossover, which will be called the Grecale, for testing. The model should be declassified by the end of this year, but in the meantime Carscoop publishes spy photos of the camouflaged prototype.
Grecale is positioned as the “junior” crossover in the line, and its main competitor in the market will be the Porsche Macan. The model is based on an adapted rear-wheel drive platform Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and the difference in dimensions with the “older” Levante will be negligible.
There is no consensus on the range of engines yet. Some insiders report that Grecale will borrow power units from Stelvio, including a 2.9-liter V6 biturbo engine from the “charged” version of Quadrifoglio – it is possible that the pictures show a prototype with this engine, four exhaust pipes indicate a powerful unit. According to another version, the Italians have developed a new engine for Grecale.
Maserati Grecale is also tipped for an all-electric power plant, but such a modification will not appear on the market until 2022. The production of the new model is organized at a plant in the Italian Cassino, where Stelvio and Giulia are also produced.
The name Grecale (“Grecal” or “Gregal”) was given to the crossover in honor of the Mediterranean wind. This is a cold and rather strong northeasterly wind, which can sometimes turn into a storm.