We Have Bad News About Maserati's All-New Grecale

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Once again, the global chip shortage is ruining production timelines.

For months now, we've been waiting for the reveal of the all-new Maserati Grecale SUV, and while we've had a few teasers, have caught spy shots of the heavily camouflaged vehicle, and have even received leaked images showing off the design of its front end, we have yet to see the finished article. Late last month, we were told that we had fewer than two months to wait for the luxury SUV's full reveal, but unfortunately, the Italian crossover has developed a trait that the Ford Bronco is becoming synonymous with - keeping customers waiting. And like the Bronco, the blame for the delay lies at the feet of the global semiconductor chip shortage.

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Maserati announced the delay today, acknowledging that the original premiere date of November 16 is no longer possible to meet. "In view of the background problems that have caused interruptions in the supply chains for the key components necessary to complete the car's production process," the global launch of the Grecale has now been pushed back to spring of next year.

Maserati goes on to explain that the chip shortage alone is to blame: "In particular, due to the shortage of semiconductors, the quantity of production would not allow us to respond properly to the expected global demand." Therein lies a hint of what Maserati hopes the Grecale will become for the brand, namely a highly popular moneymaker in the same vein as Porsche's Macan.

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This news, although disappointing, is not altogether unexpected. Mercedes forecasts that the global chip shortage could continue into 2023, and all sorts of automakers are being affected - BMW, Ford, Nissan, and General Motors, to name a few.

When the Grecale finally touches down, we expect it to come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in base format, along with a plug-in hybrid and a hot Trofeo model. The latter is likely to get the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that does duty in Alfa Romeo's surprisingly good-to-drive Stelvio Quadrifoglio, where it generates a healthy 505 horsepower with 443 lb-ft of torque. So while the wait may be longer than we would have liked, it should be worth holding out for.


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