Maserati has released their Ferrari fighting MC20 to the world, and they’ve revealed details about their first compact crossover.
The compact-crossover segment is a hot commodity right now, everyone wants to buy one and every manufacturer has one in their line-up. For Maserati the Grecale will be the first compact crossover, slotting in below the Levante.
WHAT’S IN THE NAME?
Grecale; interesting name. Say it like an Italian and it sounds great, hit it with a thick South African accent and well, it doesn’t hit the ear with the exact same grace. In 1963 Maserati decided to name a car after a wind, the Mistral, and this naming tradition continued with the Ghibli, Bora, Merak, Khamsin and most recently the Levante. The Grecale is a potent north-easter than blows across the Mediterranean Sea, so VW wasn’t the only one to go with the wind names.
Maserati has said that the Grecale is “destined to play a leading role for the brand”. It’ll be built at FCA’s plant in Cassino, Italy, the same plant that builds the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and Stelvio compact crossover. It’s no coincidence that the Grecale will share a build location with one of the best compact crossovers; they’ll be sharing the same Giorgio platform. While no engine details or more detailed imagery is available, we’re hoping that the Grecale will have a Quadrofoglio inspired engine option.
Maserati is taking aim at Porsche’s Macan and BMW’s X3 with the Grecale, both of these premium models are incredibly good at what they do. Hopefully, we’ll have more details about the car within the next few months, and there should be spy shots surfacing relatively soon as it goes into testing.