After the late Sergio Marchionne decided to transform the Prancing Horse of Maranello into an independent company, the Maserati brand began to stand out within Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The House of Trident has been hemorrhaging money for many years now, and it will continue to lose money until at least the end of 2022.
The only nameplate that wasn’t slated to receive full electrification is the Grecale, which was once called D-UV in the automaker’s 2022 roadmap. Listed with hybrid / plug-in hybrid compatibility and level 3 range, the compact crossover was not meant to be offered as a EV because of its foundations. After the merger with Groupe PSA, Maserati, owned by Stellantis, said an electric vehicle would eventually arrive, likely at the end of next year.
Based on the Ferrari-developed Giorgio platform of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover and Giulia sedan, competitor Porsche Macan is to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio what the Lexus NX is to the Toyota RAV4. The top-of-the-line crossover will get its mojo from the turbocharged four- and six-cylinder mills, with the top-of-the-line version being the twin-turbocharged V6-powered Trofeo.
Teased once again with Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares at the wheel, the Grecale is eerily similar to the Stelvio in the side profile. Camouflaged from head to toe in vinyl wrap that says Grecale once too often, the prototype Carlos tested is mounted on five-spoke wheels shod with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV tires. Designed to maximize grip, this compound is not on par with the Pirelli P-Zeros of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
On that note, the Grecale will debut before the end of the year as a 2022 model. Following an investment of 800 million euros ($ 975 million), series production will take place at the plant in Cassino in Italy where the Stelvio is made.