Is this really happening?
Maserati is undergoing a renaissance of sorts as it looks to regain a foothold in the high-end luxury performance car market. It's working on a new version of the GranTurismo and, more importantly for its finances, is developing a new SUV called the Maserati Grecale. We know that there will be a go-faster Trofeo version, but little else has been revealed. However, Autocar in the UK is once again making some bold claims, and the latest is that the Grecale will be getting some interesting powertrain options. According to the publication, two gasoline engines will be offered at launch, one of which will be a hybrid. But more intriguing than that is a claim that we would take with a pinch of salt: the MC20 supercar's special V6 will be offered too.
Let's start at the bottom and work our way up. According to the report, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system will lead the charge and is set to produce 296 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This is expected to be found under the hood of the base GT and the mid-level Modena trims, while the aforementioned Trofeo variant is now rumored to gain the Nettuno 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 from the MC20. This seems very strange considering that Maserati said earlier this year that the Nettuno was destined to be a one-car engine and would never be fitted to anything but the MC20. Autocar's report is brimming with confidence but it doesn't explain this disparity, which leads us to believe that it may be an uneducated guess. Of course, automakers are not always honest, and keeping the Nettuno exclusive may have been intentional misdirection from the start.
We always thought that the 2.9-liter V6 from the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio would have been a better choice, but who knows? Another possibility is that financial constraints may have forced the Italian automaker to reevaluate its stance on the Nettuno engine, and with the global semiconductor chip shortage already delaying the arrival of the new Grecale, Maserati may well be reconsidering everything it had planned before this global shortage reared its ugly head. We'll find out more when the SUV is eventually launched in spring of 2022, but whatever the engines on offer prove to be, you can expect to find an eight-speed automatic ZF gearbox handling shifts. Hopefully, we'll be able to confirm or deny all of these rumors before too long.