Look out, Porsche Macan.
Maserati promised and it will soon deliver. The luxury performance Italian carmaker has just announced the reveal date of its second-ever SUV. The Maserati Grecale is set to have its global debut on November 16, 2021 in Milano, Italy. The Grecale name, like many other Maserati nameplates, is a world-famous wind. Past examples include the Ghibli, Bora, and Khamsin. This new high rider will join the Levante SUV, launched in 2016, and will directly target the Porsche Macan and Audi Q5.
Our spy photographers have caught Grecale prototypes testing on several occasions, the most recent being the high-performance Trofeo variant.
Maserati already has the Macan GTS in its crosshairs. Based on the same platform underpinning the excellent Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Grecale is expected to offer a few engine options beginning with a 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder. A plug-in hybrid version is also expected, though it may not be available at launch time.
As for the Trofeo, Maserati has openly stated the MC20's Nettuno V6 engine won't go into any other car except the MC20, so instead, it's likely that the Grecale will inherit the 2.9-liter V6 from the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. We've seen this engine produce up to 540 horsepower in the Giulia GTA, so we suspect it could make a similar figure here. In standard form, the Stelvio's V6 produces 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of twist.
Earlier this month, some leaked images of several Grecale body components, including the front bumper, grille, headlights, taillights, fenders, and 21-inch wheels.
Maserati has committed to electrifying all of its models by 2025. This doesn't mean it'll become an EV-only brand by that time, but rather there'll be, at the very least, a PHEV variant for every model. An all-electric version of the MC20 is also in the works though it's still a few years away. But soon it'll be the Grecale's time in the spotlight and we can't wait to see the real deal this November.