The new Maserati Grecale might be based on Alfa Romeo platform, but it’s larger and more powerful than its sibling, and will one day come with the option of a pure electric drivetrain.

    The electric Grecale Folgore will make the trip to Australia, though timing has yet to be confirmed.

    A spokesperson for Maserati’s distributor, Ateco, confirmed the petrol-powered Grecale will arrive in the first quarter of 2023.

    Maserati has confirmed there’ll be three distinct models at launch, each with their own unique drivetrain.

    Leading the line is the GT, which has a 48V mild-hybrid system with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 221kW of power at 5750rpm, and 450Nm of torque between 2000 and 4000rpm.

    This is hooked up to an eight-speed automatic driving all four wheels, with the GT capable of completing the 0-100km/h dash in 5.8 seconds and hitting a top speed of 240km/h.

    Next up is the Modena, which retains the mild-hybrid system but has a tweaked 2.0-litre turbo delivering 242kW at 5750rpm, and 450Nm between 2000 and 5000rpm.

    This model gains a standard mechanical limited-slip rear differential, active shock absorbers, 20-inch alloy wheels and wider rear tyres, while the 0-100km/h time drops to 5.3 seconds.

    Sitting atop the pack for now is the Trofeo that uses a derivative of the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine from the MC20. The Nettuno V6 engine has been detuned to 390kW at 6500rpm, and 620Nm between 3000 and 5500rpm.

    While the V6 Grecale has significantly less power than the 463kW MC20, the crossover can blast through 0-100km/h standard in 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 285km/h.

    The Grecale Trofeo has an electronic limited-slip rear differential, active shocks, and air suspension with 65mm of adjustment as standard. It rides on 21-inch alloys with 255/40 tyres at the front, and 295/35 rubber at the rear.

    Braking comes courtesy of a perforated Brembo package with 360mm discs and six-piston calipers up front, and 350mm discs with four-pot calipers at the rear.

    There are a number of user-selectable drive modes available, including Comfort, GT, Sport, and Off-Road, with a Corsa setting exclusive to the Trofeo.

    Completing the range at a later date will be the all-electric Folgore.

    Set to debut towards the end of year before going on sale globally in 2023, the range-topping Folgore will have a 400V electrical system, a 105kWh battery and “as much as 800Nm”.

    A PrimaSerie Launch Edition will be available for a limited time, and includes a selection of exclusive interior schemes.

    The Grecale measures 4846mm long, 1979mm wide, 1670mm tall, and sits on a 2901mm wheelbase.

    It’ll be produced alongside the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the Cassino plant in Italy, and the pair are both based on the rear- and all-wheel drive Giorgio architecture.

    Despite this, the Maserati is 159mm longer overall, 76mm wider, 22mm taller and has a 83mm longer wheelbase than its Alfa sibling.

    Inside the cabin there are plenty of screens, including a completely digital instrumentation display, and a control display between the rear seats.

    In the middle of the dashboard is a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, which looks to be running the latest uConnect 5 operating system, has support for two simultaneous Bluetooth phone connections, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a built-in voice control system.

    Underneath this and angled upwards is a secondary 8.8-inch touchscreen for the climate control, suspension and drivetrain systems.

    Sitting atop the dashboard is the company’s signature clock, but in a first for the brand the Grecale’s timepiece has a digital face.

    Mid-spec models come with a 14-speaker Sonus Faber 3D sound system, while top-spec trims have a 21-speaker setup.

    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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