Stellantis bigwigs took it for a spin too.
Maserati is rediscovering its mojo, bringing stunning new vehicles like the MC20 supercar into the world while partnering with style icons and electrifying its lineup. Things are looking good then, and while we're obviously most excited about the MC20, there are more realistic and attainable Maserati models coming too. One such vehicle is the Maserati Grecale, a baby SUV built to take on the Porsche Macan. Thus far, we've only been able to take a look at spy shots, but the launch must be getting close because now Maserati has revealed official pictures of the vehicle, albeit with that wacky blue camouflage still applied.
Sadly, we get very little information accompanying these photos besides the fact that Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares and Chairman John Elkann visited Maserati's Modena, Italy plant this week, with the former getting a road test of a prototype Grecale. The two Stellantis representatives also took a tour of the MC20 supercar's new production line, paint shop, and Nettuni Engine Lab, together with Maserati CEO Davide Grasso.
Tavares didn't disclose his impressions of the road test, but that's to be expected considering that the Grecale is being kept so well under wraps that even the wheels are camouflaged. But as a critical new model for the brand, we expect that it should be beautifully built. While we wait for its release, let's recap what we know about the baby SUV so far.
The Grecale will be underpinned by the same platform that features on Alfa Romeo's Stelvio and is expected to borrow the MC20's 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 for its top trim. Of course, we expect that it will be heavily detuned from its application in the supercar. There, the mill produces a total of 621 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque. We also know that the Grecale will be offered as a plug-in hybrid too, as well as with a 2.0-liter four-pot currently doing duty in the Alfa SUV. Not much more is known, but we are expecting a full reveal before the end of the year, with deliveries beginning early in 2022.