Does red mean it will go faster?

    A prototype of the 2022 Maserati Grecale Trofeo mid-sized SUV has been spied, sporting a red camouflage wrap instead of the blue camouflage wrap as previously spied.

    This red camouflaged Grecale Trofeo was spied during winter testing in snow ahead of its official reveal.

    Touted as the high-performance variant of the Grecale range and Maserati’s answer to the Porsche Macan GTS, this Grecale Trofeo prototype has a modified exhaust with a “sportier sound” as noted by our spy photographers.

    Just like the previously spied Grecale Trofeo camouflaged prototype, this prototype has redesigned front fascia with that seems to be inspired by the Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

    Around the side there are large drilled brake discs with red calipers, along with flared wheel arches.

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

    Its release was originally planned for November 16, 2021, but has now been pushed back to “spring 2022” – in other words, somewhere between March and May next year.

    “Due to the shortage of semiconductors, the quality of production would not allow us to respond properly to expected global demand,” said the company.

    Autocar previously reported the Grecale Trofeo will come with a detuned version of the MC20’s twin-turbocharged ‘Nettuno’ 3.0-litre V6.

    It’s unclear just how detuned it’ll be, but the MC20 pumps out 463kW of power and 730Nm of torque.

    Trofeo variants of the Ghibli and Quattroporte use a Ferrari-built twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 producing 433kW and 730Nm, while the Levante Trofeo produces 441kW.

    All Grecales will feature the ‘Q4’ all-wheel drive set-up of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, plus a ZF-sourced eight-speed torque-converter automatic.

    Maserati says the all-wheel drive system can split torque 50:50 between the axles, but in certain drive modes and for certain models it can send torque solely to the rear axle – that sounds like a party trick for the Grecale Trofeo.

    The Grecale range will reportedly open with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that features an electric supercharger and a mild-hybrid system – likely a 48V system, as seen in the Ghibli Hybrid.

    Autocar test drove a prototype of this entry-level vehicle Grecale, which produces 220kW and 450Nm.

    Kerb weight is 1870kg, with a 0-100km/h time of 5.6 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds quicker than a Ghibli Hybrid that produces 26kW more power.

    Maserati will also debut an electric version of the Grecale in 2022, which will wear the brand’s new Folgore (Italian for lightning) badge.

    Our spy photographers haven’t been able to capture images of the Grecale’s interior as of yet, but Autocar noted that the prototype vehicle they test drove had a rotary drive mode selector, as well as a distinctive new digital clock that can show the time and performance metrics.

    The Grecale is a crucial new model for Maserati as it could represent a new entry point to the brand, depending on how it’s priced.

    The base Ghibli is Maserati’s most affordable model in many markets, though here it’s undercut by the entry-level Levante 350.

    There’s been no indication yet of pricing for the Grecale, however it’ll likely undercut the Levante 350 which opens at $127,000 before on-road costs.

    It’ll also likely be priced above the Stelvio, the core range of which is priced from $64,950 to $78,950 before on-road costs.

    The flagship Quadrifoglio rings up at $146,950 before on-road costs, while the 2022 Porsche Macan range slots neatly in between this price gap.

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    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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