Maserati’s three-model baseline lineup — the Ghibli, the Levante and the Quattroporte — will have a young sibling for the 2023 model year. The new Maserati is called the Grecale, and it will play the entry-level crossover/SUV to the Levante’s upper-tier presence.
To be sure, the Grecale mainly targets popular German SUVs, especially Porsche models, which continue to be best-sellers for that company. It should still have most other luxury crossover in its sights, but perhaps the model it appears to compete with most directly is the Macan. The potential for a fierce battle for market share is certainly there, and the pricing slot does not diverge too much: the 2023 Macan is expected to base sticker a little under $60K, while the inaugural Grecale will come in at a higher premium, with a base price of $65K.
Like its siblings, the Grecale will be available in a performance-oriented Trofeo version, which will come loaded with a 3.0L V6 turbo that delivers 523 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. The baseline version will come with a 2.0L four-cylinder turbo that produces either 296 or 325 HP, depending on trim level. The Grecale Trofeo can get to 60 MPH in 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 177.
Relative to its competition, a Maserati still offers buyers a great deal for their money. The Grecale can be outfitted to the nines with vegetable-tanned leather and wood and carbon fiber accents, and the automaker’s Fuoriserie customization program greatly expands the options. And that’s beyond the cachet of driving a Maserati.