Maserati has been in the news lately with the unveiling of an updated Ghibli with a hybrid powertrain and a V8-powered version. The larger Quattroporte sedan also received the Trofeo treatment, while the Levante suffered a nip and tuck. By far the most exciting reveal of the year for the Modena brand came yesterday with the long-awaited debut of the MC20.
There’s more to come from Maserati as an under-Levante crossover is on the way. He was recently spotted disguised as an Alfa Romeo Stelvio test mule, and now the Italian marque is offering a first official look. Like its big brother, the Grecale takes its name from a wind, more precisely from an “east wind blowing in the west of the Mediterranean and the south of France” according to Wikipedia.
Slightly smaller than the Levante, the new Maserati Grecale will ride on the same Giorgio platform as the aforementioned Stelvio. Not only that, but it will be built at the same Cassino plant in Italy where Alfa’s SUV is assembled alongside the platform-sharing Giulia sedan. The new CUV is expected to go into production next year, after a world premiere scheduled for spring 2021.
The teaser image confirms that the Grecale doesn’t appear to be much smaller than Maserati’s only performance crossover, and that’s because it won’t necessarily be an under-Levante model. The company with the trident logo (now updated) told our colleagues to Motor1.com Italy the Grecale will be positioned differently in the range, emphasizing dynamism and practicality.
As will be the case with all Maserati models from now on, including the MC20, the Grecale is going to be offered as a purely electric model. Details regarding the zero-emission version will be disclosed at a later date. Meanwhile, 2021 will be the year we finally see the replacement of GranTurismo and most likely a convertible derivative of the MC20 supercar.