New Maserati Grecale SUV reveal delayed until 2022
Italian brand’s rival to the Porsche Macan will now be unveiled in spring 2022; it's expected to be available in electric form, alongside petrol and hybrid versions
Maserati has announced the unveiling of its new compact SUV – the Grecale – has been pushed back to spring 2022 as result of supply-chain disruptions. The Porsche Macan and BMW X3 rival was originally scheduled to be unveiled in November 2021.
In a statement, the Italian brand said: “In particular, due to the shortage of semiconductors, the quantity of production would not allow us to respond properly to the expected global demand.”
Our clearest look yet at the forthcoming Grecale, which will be available in hybrid and fully electric form, came when a prototype was spied testing earlier in 2021. This was obviously not the pure-electric version, as it sported quad tail pipes, but the images did offer a look at the overall shape and size of the new model on the road, as well as a few hints at styling.
Other than the fact that the Grecale will use the same mechanical platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV, and that it'll sit below the Levante in Maserati's range, no details about the new compact SUV’s powertrain have been released.
Maserati’s compact SUV will now launch sometime in 2022, with the electric version to sit alongside zero-emissions variants of the MC20 supercar, new GranCabrio and new GranTurismo in the brand’s range.
The list of likely rivals for the electric Grecale include several of the more premium electric SUVs on the market right now, such as the BMW iX3 and Jaguar i-Pace. Plus forthcoming models like the Audi Q6 e-tron and the electric version of the next-generation Porsche Macan which is currently in development.
Speaking with DrivingElectric in 2020, 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 begin arriving in showrooms later in 2022. However, it won't be the first electric model in the brand’s range, with that honor going to the new GranTurismo grand tourer.
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