Maserati announced last fall that it would launch a crossover that snaps under the Levante and goes by the name Grecale. In keeping with Maserati’s predilection for naming models after winds, a custom that began with the Mistral in 1963, the name is derived from a wind in the Mediterranean Sea.
We now have our own spy footage of a prototype. The sighting follows the release of official photos of a prototype last month, taken during a test drive by Carlos Tavares, CEO of Maserati’s parent company Stellantis. Stellantis Chairman John Elkann joined Tavares and they also visited the Maserati plant in Modena, Italy, where the new MC20 supercar is being built.
The Grecale is built at the Stellantis plant in Cassino, Italy, together with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The Grecale was developed on the Giorgio platform that underpins the Stelvio, so it’s no surprise that the proportions are similar between the two vehicles.
Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares tests a Maserati Grecale prototype
It’s not clear which internal combustion engine powertrains will be offered in the Grecale, but we know that the crossover, like all new Maseratis, will offer a choice of battery-electric propulsion. However, the electrical option will not be available when the Grecale launches.
Instead, we can expect the Grecale launch with the choice of a 2.0-liter turbo in-line 4 in a mild hybrid configuration along with Maserati’s new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that goes into the MC20 -Super sports car is built in, is expected. Maserati’s first electric car will be the redesigned GranTurismo, which will also be tested in prototype form and will be unveiled later this year.
The Grecale will also come out later this year, which means we should see it as a 2022 model. It will compete with the Porsche Macan and the high-end versions of the BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace and the Mercedes-Benz GLC class. The Stelvio could also be an alternative for some buyers.