The Maserati Levante may not have the characteristics of a Mercedes or the interior design of an Audi. But it was successful enough that the Italians developed a smaller version. Enter the Grecale, which is placed at the bottom of the manufacturer’s future range of cars.
Like the Levante, the Grecale will be unlike anything you’ve ever owned … unless you already have the Ghibli. The styling is also going to be quite interesting, based on these renderings.
Maserati is eager to launch the Grecale and has released several teasers. Based on the camouflaged prototypes they showed, the Russian site Kolesa was able to create these renderings, which we believe to be accurate representations of the model.
The best way to describe this mini SUV is to say that it is a mixture of European elements. For example, the front has a Mercedes-style bumper with a grille that looks like frowns and deep side air intakes. As for the headlights, they resemble those of the Ford Puma and the Jaguar E-Pace.
The rear is a little more French. The soft trunk and hips are reminiscent of the old DS4 hatchback. Of course, all of these are also designed to look like the larger Levante.
Technical details are a bit rarer, but the Grecale is believed to be based on the Giorgio platform, which feels like the most Italian thing ever. This also underpins the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and should mean that the engines can and probably will be shared among themselves.
That means the 2.0-liter turbo and its 280 horsepower could play a big part, but a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 is also on the table. The power of over 500 hp could explain why the Grecale prototype had so many exhaust tips (four).
Of course, the premium car market is heavily geared towards electrification. Ghibli Hybrid launched last year to be joined by first Maserati VE, based on the new GranTurismo. The Grecale is therefore very likely to have a few hybrid or plug-in versions with a fully electric model also on the cards.