Maserati, the Italian exotic brand owned by Stellantis, is branching deeper into the SUV fray with the new Grecale, a compact model built on a retooled version of the Giorgio platform under the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
The Grecale goes on sale in Europe in the third quarter and in the U.S. by the end of the year.
There are three Grecale models, all with four-wheel drive. The entry Grecale GT is powered by a 48-volt mild-hybrid version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine shared with the Stelvio. The powertrain produces 296 hp at 5,750 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm. The Grecale Modena shares the GT's powertrain but horsepower increases to 325 hp at 5,750 rpm, with 332 pound-feet of torque spread out from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm.
The Grecale GT will reach 60 mph from 0 in less than 5.6 seconds and 124 mph in 23.7 seconds before topping out at 149 mph, Maserati says. The Grecale Modena has the identical top speed but is three-tenths of a second faster to 60 mph and 1.8 seconds quicker to 124 mph. Both are quicker to 60 mph than the four-cylinder Macan and 5 mph faster at the top end.
The Grecale Trofeo sits atop the lineup. It is equipped with a detuned, wet-sump version of the Maserati MC20's twin combustion, twin-turbo 3.0-liter Nettuno V-6 engine. In the MC20 the engine produces 630 hp at 7,500 rpm and 538 pound-feet of torque from 3,000 to 5,500 rpm. Under the hood of the Grecale Trofeo, it generates 523 hp at 6,500 rpm and 457 pound-feet between 3,000 and 5,500 rpm.
The Modena and Trofeo versions have a rear-wheel track widened by 34 mm compared with the GT, helping accentuate their sporty character and driving dynamics.
Road & Track calls the Grecale a name to forget but an SUV to remember.
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