Maserati’s new mid-sized SUV, the Grecale, has been spied in high-performance Trofeo trim.

    This vehicle is very different from the previously spied Grecale.

    Our spy photographers first differentiated the vehicle due to the larger brakes with drilled discs and red calipers.

    They also noticed the “different sound” coming from the exhaust pipes.

    This model appears to be lower to the ground, with a disguised front bumper that looks as if it’s been lifted from a Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

    The yet-to-be released Grecale will be based on the Giorgio platform underpinning the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV.

    Maserati North America CEO, William Peffer, confirmed a Trofeo flagship for the Grecale will be revealed in November.

    The powertrain for the Grecale Trofeo is yet to be confirmed.

    One engine Maserati could use is the Ferrari-developed twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 from the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio that shares its platform with the Grecale.

    This engine produces 375kW of power and 600Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

    Another engine Maserati may use is a detuned version of its in-house ‘Nettuno’ twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6, developed for the MC20 supercar.

    In the MC20, the engine produces 463kW and 730Nm.

    Trofeo variants of the Ghibli and Quattroporte use a Ferrari-built twin-turbo3.8-litre V8 producing 433kW and 730Nm, while the Levante Trofeo produces 441kW.

    Maserati will be joining a heavily-contested segment, taking on the likes of the Porsche Macan GTS, BMW X3 and X4 M Competition, and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S.

    The Porsche Macan GTS produces 324kW of power from its twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine, while the BMW X3 and X4 Competition models produce 375kW from their twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline six.

    The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S puts out 375kW and 700Nm from its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, though its successor will reportedly use an electrified four-cylinder like the new C63 sedan.

    Maserati is rolling out a unified naming structure for its trim levels, with entry-level models bearing the GT name, sportier models named Modena, and the flagship high-performance models called Trofeo.

    The company has also previously confirmed an all-electric Folgore variant of the Grecale, joining the likes of the BMW iX3 and Mercedes-Benz EQC.

    The Grecale will be joining Maserati’s lineup as its entry-level model, with the Ghibli reportedly being discontinued in 2023.

    The cheapest Maserati model currently in Australia is the Levante 350, which is $127,000 before on-road costs.

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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