Preview: 2023 Maserati Grecale

2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo yellow Canada

Words: Calvin Chan

Photography: Maserati

Published: March 22, 2022

 



Compact SUVs are the bread and butter for automotive manufacturers. It’s a formula that continually and perpetually outsells every other model in their lineup for whatever reason: attainable starting price, manageable footprint, or interior packaging. Porsche has the Macan, Mercedes has the GLC, and Toyota has the RAV4. The new Maserati Grecale aims to be that cash cow.

 

As is Maserati tradition, Grecale is the name of a Mediterranean wind, and this five-seater SUV will be offered in both internal combustion and fully-electric variants. It’s smaller in size than the Levante but about the same as a BMW X3.

 

 

At launch in fall of 2022, the Grecale will come in three flavours: GT, Modena, and Trofeo. The Grecale GT will utilize a four-cylinder engine mated to a 48-volt mild hybrid system, much like in the Audi A7 and Mercedes GLE, aiding efficiency, smoothness, and power. It will deliver 300 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque (330 lb-ft) through an 8-speed automatic transmission, and hit 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds.

 

The Grecale Modena will use the same four-cylinder but it will be uprated to 330 hp with the 0-100 km/h time shaved down to 5.3 seconds. It will also offer its own take on a sporty SUV with 20-inch alloy wheels, gloss black logos, front splitter, grill window surrounds, and dark exhaust tips.

 

 

To rival the likes of the BMW X3 M Competition and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, the performance-focused Grecale Trofeo will come equipped with a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 that Maserati says was based on the Nettuno V6 engine underpinning the MC20 sports car. The V6 utilizes the same dual-chamber combustion technology as the Nettuno but the Grecale’s has been fitted with cylinder deactivation, a wet sump instead of a dry one, and all-wheel drive. In all, the Grecale Trofeo will deliver 530 hp and a 0-100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds.

 

 

The Trofeo also receives a 34 mm wider rear track for better grip, a distinctive exhaust design, sportier front bumpers and side skirts, 21-inch wheels, and carbon fibre front, rear, and side bumpers, though the front grill remains the same design on all Grecale trims. An air suspension comes standard on the Trofeo with 65 mm of adjustable height.

 

Like the Ghibli and Levante, the Grecale offers five different driving modes: Comfort, GT, Sport, Race, and Off-Road, each changing the throttle mapping, gear changes, engine boost, and pedal sensitivity. Maserati says they were also keen on retaining the exhaust acoustics that make their models so emotionally appealing, but we’ll have to drive them and report back to see if their claim holds true.

 

 

The Grecale Folgore, the brand’s first all-electric SUV, will arrive in Canada in 2023 and while details are scarce, we have been told it will use 400V technology, produce up to 800 Nm of torque (588 lb-ft), come with an exclusive Rame Folgore paint colour, and ultimately set the tone for Maserati’s electric future. Maserati recently announced their campaign to compete in Formula E as well, so there’s much to look forward to.

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but we think the Grecale is a stunningly handsome and well-packaged SUV. We see a lot of first-generation Ferrari California in the front end, and the boomerang-shaped taillights give off a distinctive, Italian vibe. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Maserati without trident badges everywhere, so you will spot some on the C-pillar and front grill.

 

 

The interior follows the design theme brought forth by the MC20 with a brand new steering wheel and gear shifter. Four screens dominate the cabin, with a large 12.3-inch sitting front and center, the largest ever in a Maserati, and it utilizes an Android Auto operating system. A smaller 8.8-inch touschreen is mounted to the side to house additional controls and a digital clock that replaces the outgoing analog one. Maserati have also teamed up with Sonus faber to deliver a premium, bespoke audio system, with the Grecale’s highest tier option enlisting the help of 21 speakers, 3D sound, and an output of 1,000 watts. Every modern feature is also made available with an optional head-up display, a suite of driver assistance features, and a dedicated Off-Road mode.


The 2023 Maserati Grecale will arrive in Canada during the fall of 2022. Pricing has only been announced for the base Grecale GT ($75,200 CAD), and the Grecale Modena Limited Edition ($90,850 CAD), along with a $2,200 destination and handling fee. The Grecale Folgore, which will be the first all-electric SUV for Maserati, is slated for 2023.

 


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