Maserati is gearing as much as launch the Grecale as its second SUV, and our spy photographers have caught it on digital camera for the primary time, exterior a producer facility in Italy.

Parked alongside quite a lot of Fiat Chrysler Cars/Stellantis prototypes, the Grecale is clearly an analogous dimension to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, with which it would share the majority of its underpinnings, and regardless of heavy camouflaging and a fence obscuring a lot of the automotive’s last design, the affect of the bigger Levante is clear.

The model’s necessary second SUV is named Grecale after the “fierce north-east wind of the Mediterranean Sea”. The mannequin kinds a key a part of Maserati’s daring revival plan that it launched final yr with the reveal of the MC20 supercar. 

Destined to play “a key function within the model’s growth”, the Porsche Macan rival shall be constructed on the identical manufacturing line because the Alfa Romeo Stelvio within the FCA plant in Cassino, Italy. Maserati is planning an funding of round €800 million (£790m) within the plant.

It would additionally share a lot of its underpinnings with the Stelvio, and a totally electrical model can also be because of arrive by 2022. Nonetheless, the combustion-engined fashions will use Maserati reasonably than Alfa-sourced engines, prone to embrace the mild-hybridised 2.0-litre turbo supplied within the Ghibli and Levante, and a downtuned model of the MC20’s new Nettuno V6 for essentially the most potent variant. 

Maserati international planning boss Francesco Tonon instructed Autocar the Grecale shall be “essentially the most sensible in its class, however it would even be luxurious”, including: “It would function the best-in-class design and options. In fact, it is nonetheless a Maserati however it would additionally provide best-in-class efficiency and dealing with.”

SUVs are anticipated to account for 70% of Maserati’s gross sales by 2025, with saloons decreased to fifteen% and sports activities automobiles, such because the newly launched MC20, making up 5%. 

The brand new SUV was first confirmed again in 2018 by former FCA boss Sergio Marchionne as a part of a complete overhaul of its product line-up. Additionally included are the MC20 in three variants: coupé, Spider convertible and absolutely electrical, plus a brand new Granturismo and Grancabrio, due in each combustion and electrical kinds. 

By 2023/2024, the model may also have a new-generation Levante and Quattroporte, additionally each accessible with an electrical powertrain. In top-spec kind, this can use an 800V electrical system and three motors. 

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