300 hp base model gets 48V hybrid system
530 hp Trofeo uses 3.0L twin-turbo V6
The Maserati Grecale has just blown into the automaker’s lineup. An SUV offering up to 530 hp from the same engine used in the MC20 or the option of an all-electric silent high-performer.
It’s the brand’s first entry into the small crossover space, fitting in under the larger Maserati Levante. The styling is a bit of an oddball, with a nose that looks better suited to a Maserati car than anything larger, but a side profile that’s more typical of what we’d expect from the Italians.
The 2023 Grecale starts out with a four-cylinder engine with 48V mild-hybrid boost. It puts out 300 hp and uses an electric booster to make up for a lack of turbo boost at low RPM, though it can’t run on electric power alone. The four-pot will be offered in 300 hp GT trim and 330 hp Modena guise.
Next up is the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 making 530 hp. The engine is based on the Nettuno engine from the Maserati MC20 sports car but uses a wet sump oiling system among other changes to make it more crossover-friendly. All gas Grecales get an eight-speed automatic.
The Maserati Grecale Folgore will be the all-electric model, Maserati’s first EV SUV. The Folgore name will be put on all of Maserati’s EVs going forward. The automaker was short on details about the EV, but said it will have a 400V system, offer 590 lb-ft, and have a 105 kWh battery.
A new twin touchscreen Android-based infotainment system launches in the Grecale. The top screen is 12.3-inches and handles functions like the radio, while the bottom 8.8-inch screen takes care of the climate control. The rest of the interior is typical Maserati leather, but now with more voice control functionality.
The 2023 Maserati Grecale goes on sale later this year, with the Folgore to follow in a year’s time.