Maserati has just got going, and the Italian brand has just teased another new model: Grecale. Judging by the silhouette (and the information Maserati provided), it’s a smaller SUV than the Levante. Think of the Porsche Macan or the BMW X3. The blunt nose, small body and short overhangs make it appear much smaller.
The name “Grecale” is derived from the name of the northeast wind from the Mediterranean. It seems …. fine. It sounds a lot better when you say it with Italian pronunciation as opposed to an American kale. Naming the Greek after a wind is normal for Maserati. The Mistral, Ghibli, Levante, Bora, Merak and Khamsin are also named after famous winds.
However, one final detail that Maserati provided is the most telling of them all. It will be built at FCA’s Italian factory in Cassino, which is currently producing Giulia and Stelvio. The most important thing is that it is a Stelvio-based crossover that rides on the Giorgio platform. From a performance point of view, that’s fantastic. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is one of the best driving crossovers in the world, and a Maserati version of this car sounds like a recipe for success. We’re not sure how much the two will share at this point, but now that Maserati has a smash of a V6 with the Nettuno, it can use its own engine to drive it. Maserati claims that “Grecale will play a leading role for the brand”. We therefore expect to be impressed on the debut.
However, there is more to see here than just the Grecale. Maserati also showed a silhouette of the next Gran Turismo to hit the market in 2021. Most of this is up to our imagination, but we’re delighted that Maserati is redesigning its entire range. The Grecale really is the big news of the day, especially since crossovers are still a hot item. Look out for a debut next year.