New 2022 Maserati Grecale SUV spied testing
Italian brand’s rival to the Porsche Macan will be available in electric form, alongside petrol and hybrid powertrains; the new compact SUV is expected to be fully unveiled in 2022
This is our clearest look yet at the forthcoming Maserati Grecale, which will be available in hybrid and fully electric form. Maserati’s compact SUV is expected to launch in 2022, with the electric version to sit alongside zero-emissions variants of the new GranTurismo, new GranCabrio and MC20 supercar in the brand’s range.
The prototype that was photographed testing is obviously not the pure-electric version of the Grecale, as it's sporting quad-tailpipes at the rear. However, the images do offer us a look at the overall shape and size of the new model on the road, as well as a few hints at the Grecale’s styling.
Other than the fact that the Grecale will share the same mechanical platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV, and that it'll sit below the Levante in its range, no details about the new compact SUV’s powertrain have been released.
The new Grecale is set to take on the likes of the recently updated BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace and the next-generation Porsche Macan – an electric version of which is currently in development.
Speaking with DrivingElectric last year, Maserati’s head of global product planning and marketing, Francesco Tonon, hinted that despite its SUV shape and potential for electrification, the Grecale would stay true to Maserati DNA’s of luxury, performance and innovation, while adding a greater dose of practicality thanks to its favourable packaging.
Maserati also hinted that the SUV will feature cutting-edge 800-volt technology, as well as the ability to support 300kW rapid charging, although that is yet to be confirmed.
We also previously learned that electric Maseratis will feature new Folgore badging – an Italian word that translates as ‘lightning’ in English. This branding will eventually be used across Maserati’s range of electric variants, separating its petrol models from those using battery-electric (BEV) technology.
The Grecale was Initially revealed as a full-scale opaque model back in 2020, with our first look at the Porsche Macan-rivalling SUV showing it will take many of its styling cues from the existing Levante SUV. It’ll get more prominent headlights and a defined nine-bar grille, though it’s not clear whether the electric version will ditch this in favour of a cleaner front end. The sloping roofline and squat stance give it a more athletic look than its larger Levante sibling.
The new Grecale will be one of 13 new models the Italian brand is hoping to launch by 2023, with the compact SUV expected to arrive sometime next year. However, it will not be the first electric model in the brand’s range with that honor going to the new GranTurismo grand tourer.
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