Maserati has taken the wraps off the gorgeous Grecale SUV. This marks the iconic Trident’s entry in the mid-size SUV segment. The major highlight of Grecale’s development is the flexibility that it is bringing to the table when it comes to powertrain options. Maserati’s engineers have developed the Grecale in such a way that it can be powered by pure-combustion, hybrid and fully electric drivetrains.

The Grecale will sit below the Levante in Maserati’s lineup of SUVs and will lock horns against the Porsche Macan.

Design

It wouldn’t take a keen-eyed fellow to decipher that the Grecale has borrowed some strong aesthetic clues from the elusive MC20.

The low and imposing grille is more vertical than horizontal while the sweeping headlights is a stark reminder that this is the same manufacturer that has given birth to the MC20. The rear profile’s design harkens back to the Giugiaro designed 3200 GT sports coupe from 1998.

The top-spec Trofeo also has some visual differences to set itself apart from the other, more sedated trims. These differences include a new rear track, bespoke bumpers and chrome detailing on the front grille.

Interior

To take the fight back to its tech-laden rivals, for a change Maserati has left no stones unturned in making the cabin as radical and modern as possible. The adoption of a four-screen setup marks a paradigm shift in Maserati’s approach towards designing the interior.

The centre stage is taken by a 12.3-inch central infotainment screen which is also the largest screen that has ever been deployed in a Maserati. Other displays include an 8.8-inch touchpad for climate control, a digital driver display and a new digital clock mounted on the dashboard. To keep the party going, the Grecale will come loaded with a Sonus Faber 3D sound system.

Engine options

The Grecale will be made available in 3 variants: GT, Modena and Trofeo. The GT variant will derive its oomph from a 2.0-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine that puts down  300hp and 450Nm. In the Modena trim, the same engine can be found but with a different state of tune as it puts down 330hp and 450Nm of torque.

The 3.0-Litre V6 engine found in the Trofeo trim is the same Nettuno engine that powers the MC20 supercar. The Grecale Trofeo puts down  530hp and 620Nm. This level of performance helps the Grecale to propel from nought to 100kph to just 3.8 seconds. All engines mentioned here come married to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

Grecale Folgore

Apart from shedding some light on the Grecale, Maserati has also broken silence on its first fully-electric car- the Grecale Folgore.

Although Maserati has kept mum about the exact performance figures expected from the all-electric Folgore, the iconic carmaker has promised that the Folgore will put down ‘at least’ 800nm. Expect the Grecale Folgore to officially get unveiled sometime next year.