You probably only need look outside the office window to know how important the Grecale is to Maserati - compact SUVs are everywhere. Especially those from the premium manufacturers; in 2021 Porsche sold more than 88,000 Macans (seven years after it was launched!), and that’s before thinking about the X3s, GLCs and XC60s of this world.
It's that lucrative sector of the SUV market that the Grecale is targeting, and Maserati has announced that UK prices will start at £58,500. That buys a Grecale GT, with 300hp from a 2.0-litre mild hybrid turbo four and the ability to reach 62mph in 5.6 seconds. Its closest rival is probably the Porsche Macan T, at £55,800, though it’s worth noting that a 380hp, V6 Macan S is priced from £56,800. Even allowing for the healthy options spend that’ll be encouraged, it’s hard to avoid the fact that the more powerful V6 Porsche is less money than the Maserati. In defence of the Grecale, a range-topping P250 Jaguar F-Pace - the HSE Black - is from £61,175.
Above the GT is the Modena, which brings another 30hp from the engine to shave a few tenths from the benchmark sprint. Standard kit for both the 2.0-litre cars includes Maserati Connect, the Maserati Intelligent Assistant, active cruise control, smartphone mirroring and hill descent control. The 330hp Modena comes in at £64,500, which again puts it ever so slightly above a German alternative with a six-cylinder engine. In this case, it’s the 360hp BMW X3 M40i, which can scoot to 62mph in less than five seconds and costs from £63,260.
But, of course, nobody buys their car like that anymore. The typical PCP quote from Maserati Financial Services is £566 a month for a GT, with a £14k deposit and 6.8 per cent APR.
At the top of the range sits by far the most interesting Grecale, the 530hp, MC20-engined Trofeo. It’s miles faster than the other two, reaching almost 180mph, and promises the most exciting Maserati SUV experience. It’s priced from £95,590, and it’ll likely be no surprise now to learn that’s more than the most obvious rivals. An F-Pace SVR is from £84,940, an X3 M is £90,795, and a V8 GLC 63 S - only available in Night Edition Premium Plus spec, and matching the Maserati to the tenth from 0-62mph - is £94,785. So, yes, the Grecale really is as much as it seems. Perhaps the Maser’s closest rival, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, costs from £79,619.
Maserati North Europe’s General Manager, Peter Charters, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the Grecale is now available on our shores. We’ve been jealously watching our colleagues in other markets selling the car in left-hand drive form over the last few months and can’t wait to now offer test drives across our UK network. It’s an ever-growing part of the market and our latest SUV is here to offer buyers something a little different. We are already seeing huge interest in it and are confident its compelling blend of elegance and sportiness will really appeal to British buyers seeking to make their everyday exceptional”.
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