The all-new Maserati Grecale Trofeo crossover, which is called a direct competitor to the Porsche Macan, is undergoing final pre-production tests beyond the Arctic Circle. Maserati’s second SUV is slated to debut next spring.
The camouflaged Maserati Grecale Trofeo is being tested in Scandinavia in real conditions of subarctic climate on snowy roads, Spanish motor.es reports.
The vinyl cover hides the entire body, including the radiator grille, but now we can safely say that the Trofeo Grecale’s design is similar to that of the ‘elder brother’ Levante. However, Maserati has to follow the tradition and cannot afford a revolutionary appearance.
Journalists call the Trofeo Grecale the Italian rival of the Porsche Macan. The overall dimensions and technical characteristics are still unknown, but such a comparison is quite acceptable.
The new Maserati crossover is said to receive a modified version of a 3.0-liter V6 Nettuno engine with a maximum output of just over 500 hp. All-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission will come as standard.
The world premiere of the Maserati Grecale was to take place at the end of 2021, but the carmaker postponed it until the spring of 2022. Insiders at Maserati say the reason for that decision is the microchip shortage. The automaker does not want to launch the all-new crossover not meeting modern technology requirements.
Delayed debut has caused a shift in the start of sales. If earlier Maserati planned to begin the Grecale deliveries to dealers next spring, today they say about the second half of 2022.
Maserati works on crossovers not in vain. The launch of the Levante in 2017 was commercially successful. The smaller Grecale is quite capable to boost consumer interest in the premium Italian brand.
As for the new crossover’s price, we can assume it will be between $60,000 and $70,000. The larger and more powerful Maserati Levante costs $82,000 in the USA and slightly more than 81,000 euros in Germany.