The Maserati Grecale Is Here To Challenge The Porsche Macan

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Can the Italian give the German a run for its money?

Well, that took a while. The 2023 Maserati Grecale has finally appeared following more than a year of official teasers and a handful of leaked images just weeks before the reveal. Let's not let that spoil the fun though, as Maserati's new compact SUV has but one mission: dethrone the Porsche Macan as the ultimate driver's crossover. The Italian crossover enters the fray with three versions at launch, followed by an all-electric Folgore version in the future.

The base Grecale GT arrives with a four-cylinder mild-hybrid engine producing 296 horsepower. For comparison, a base Macan only produces 261 hp. A mid-level Modena version will offer the same four-cylinder mild-hybrid setup tuned to produce 330 hp. At the top of the range (for now), the Grecale Trofeo packs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo based on the Nettuno V6 from the MC20 supercar, developing a whopping 530 hp.

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The Trofeo positively outmatches the Porsche Macan GTS, which only comes with 434 hp. With so much power on tap, Maserati says the Trofeo will hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on its way to a 177-mph top speed. The Porsche Macan will be left behind, taking 4.1 seconds to hit 60 even with the Sport Chrono Package. We doubt the Germans will take this defeat lightly. In addition to the class-leading performance, the Grecale should offer a dynamic driving experience. The car includes a new Maserati Vehicle Dynamic Control Module, letting drivers cycle through drive modes, including Comfort, GT, Sport, Corsa (Trofeo only), and off-road.

With regards to design, the Grecale measures 191 inches in length and just 66 inches in height; it almost looks like a hatchback from some angles. The front-end styling reminds us of the MC20 supercar and the horizontal taillights harken to the Giugiaro 3200 GT, which had possibly the coolest rear light signature of all time. Maserati showed off some flashy colors in the reveal images, including a bold yellow and an elegant brown.

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The Grecale's interior looks more modern and future-friendly than the older Levante. A large, 12.3-inch touchscreen sits front and center with a smaller 8.8-inch display to control other vehicle functions. Tied to the new Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) Multimedia system, customers can opt for a Sonus Faber 3D sound system with either 14 or 21 speakers. Above this setup sits a clock, which is digital for the first time in Maserati's history. Thankfully, Maserati kept the column-mounted paddle shifters from the Levante and even copied the steering wheel buttons from Alfa Romeo/Ferrari. As you'd expect, the cabin is filled with premium materials such as wood, carbon fiber, and leather.

US deliveries will begin in fall 2022 with prices starting at $63,500. That's more expensive than the Porsche Macan ($54,900), but don't forget the Maserati offers more power. Online reservations for a special Modena Limited Edition are open now with a $500 refundable deposit.

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