The Modena-based carmaker won't be pleased about this.
For months, Maserati has teased the Grecale SUV in a series of previews. It's taken to the streets of Modena covered in trivia and clues, and the brand recently teased the Macan rival's top speed in a cryptic Instagram post. But just ahead of the March 22 reveal, the automaker's hard work has been undone. Images of the Grecale, without any camouflage, have surfaced online. While the vehicle spotted still retains some of its teaser stickers, the SUV's design is clear to see.
Similarly sized to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the brand's signature grille dominates the front end and is festooned with the Trident logo. The headlight cluster styling strays away from the Levante, resembling the items found on the MC20 sports car. While appealing, there are hints of the Jaguar E-Pace and Europe-only Ford Puma in the front end, removing some of its originality.
The gray example seen here wears rather attractive-looking wheels with yellow-painted brake calipers. The rear end has slightly more in common with the rest of the Maserati range but, again, the light clusters bear a striking resemblance to the current generation Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. The signature side air ducts will leave no confusion that this is a Maserati, though.
Entering the compact luxury crossover category is a big deal for Maserati. Not only will it take on segment stalwarts such as the Porsche Macan, but it will bring the brand into unchartered territory. The Modena-based carmaker has a lot weighing on the Grecale's shoulders; the Ghibli and Levante haven't been the sales success Maserati has hoped for in the last few years.
Even though we've caught a glimpse of the Grecale, there are still several things we do not know about it yet. Rumors have suggested the premium SUV will utilize a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with hybrid technology, while the performance derivative will gain the fantastic 505-horsepower 2.9-liter V6 found in the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
To combat the upcoming Macan EV, Maserati is reportedly working on an all-electric version known as the Folgore. With 670 hp, it will be an exciting alternative to the gas-powered derivatives. While Maserati certainly won't be pleased that the Grecale has been seen ahead of its big reveal, we're looking forward to the debut nevertheless, as more details about the powertrain and engine options will be given away. Will the Grecale be Maserati's savior? Only time will tell, but the looks will certainly appeal to many style-conscious consumers.