The Italian manufacturer of the month has released a new model that it hopes will start its revival: the month of Greckel. Greckel is a model on the larger end of the mid-size SUV segment designed to compete with other sporting SUVs of this size, such as the BMW X3 and Porsche Macan.
McCann is a strong seller for Porsche – it’s actually the strongest – and Masrati hopes that Greckel will stop the same strategy of growing sales. It is based on a heavily updated version of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s Giorgio platform, enabling not only the petrol version, but also a fully electric model, which will be the first in the brand’s ‘Folgore’ electrification plan.
For sale in the second half of 2022, Grecale includes MC20 sports car design elements in an SUV package, which the brand calls the language of more ‘vertical’ design. “It simply came to our notice then. It doesn’t shout ‘look at me,’ “claims designer Klaus Buss.
At 4.85 meters long and 1.98 meters wide, after a typical month grill with trident badges on the front end, but the new vertically arranged headlights differ from the horizontal look of the larger Levante SUV. The brand’s trademark triple side air vents are found behind the front wheel arches, while around the rear, horizontal ‘boomerang’ style taillights are said to be inspired by the 3200 GT.
Opening the GT Spec range, the Sportier Modena and Trophyio models add more aggressive bodykits, larger wheels and a wider rear track.
The five-seater interior is also brand new, and features a more digital environment than any previous production Maserati, including a 12.3-inch digital dashboard and an 8.8-inch touchscreen – the central touchscreen powered by the new Android automotive software.
There’s also a new digital clock on top of the redesigned dashboard. This watch serves as a reference point for the car’s voice control and digital assistant features – tell the car to do something, and the watch will respond and respond.
The Greckel Trophyio models will be offered with adaptive air suspension (optional on other models), while a new all-encompassing driving dynamics control system called VDCM has been developed for the car. All versions of the Greekel use an eight-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive and steering wheel gearshift pedals. A locking mechanical rear differential is standard except for the entry level GT model, where it is an optional addition.
The GT comes powered by a 296bhp 2.0-liter turbocharged mild hybrid petrol engine, increasing to 325bhp for the Modena. Both units generate a maximum of 450Nm of torque and both achieve a maximum speed of 149mph. The GT variant takes 5.6 seconds to hit the 62mph speed from stagnant, while the Modena is a little faster, at 5.3 seconds. They claim 32.4 and 32.1mpg with Co2 emissions from 194g / km, respectively.
The 48-volt hybrid system includes a belt-powered starter-generator and a battery located at the boot, as well as an electric compressor. Electrical support can be used to increase performance or reduce costs, depending on how the car operates in one of five driving modes: comfort, GT, sport, race and and off-road mode.
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High performance trophy models use a 523bhp / 620Nm twin-turbo V6 with cylinder deactivation technology, good for 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and maximum speed of 177mph. This is a power output that sees Greekel aim for V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GLC63S and Jaguar F-Pace SVR.
The electric Grecale Folgore is the brand’s first road-going electric model. It uses the same platform and will reach 20 in 2023 Maserati has not released range or performance statistics, but a 105kWh battery will power an electric motor set up with about 540bhp and 800Nm of torque. The platform it uses will be electrified at 400v.
Maserati says Grecale will hit the road in the second half of 2022 There’s no word yet on pricing, but the entry-level Grecale GT looks set to start at around 50,000, depending on the position of similarly powerful competitors.
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