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The Maserati Grecale is now officially in PH

Available either with an electrified powertrain or a roaring Nettuno V6

Maserati Philippines introduces the marque's second SUV to our market. PHOTO BY MANSKEE NASCIMENTO

Without question, the biggest sales driver for luxury marques are SUVs. Maserati has achieved commendable turnover figures with the Levante, and is in fact the best-selling product from the Modena carmaker. The brand aims to continue that success and attract more discerning SUV buyers with the new and downsized Grecale.

Since its global debut in 2022, this midsize luxury SUV has finally landed on Philippine soil. Modena Motorsports, the official distributor of the Italian car manufacturer, has unveiled the sleek and stylish Grecale with two variants to choose from.

There are different variants of the Grecale available for all kinds of buyers. PHOTOS BY MANSKEE NASCIMENTO

The Grecale GT is propelled by a four-cylinder mild-hybrid engine with 300hp. The Grecale Trofeo, the top-of-the-line variant, is powered by the remarkable 3.0-liter V6 Nettuno engine (similar to that of the MC20 supercar) with 530hp. The Trofeo can take off from 0-100km/h in a brisk 3.8 seconds, and hit a top speed of 285km/h. All variants come with a responsive eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

A third variant, the Grecale Modena, is available by indent orders only. Just like the GT, it’s a mild hybrid offering 30hp more and showcasing some different trim options. In addition, there is a limited-edition version known as the PrimaSerie Launch Edition, which offers exclusive features.

You have the choice between a mild-hybrid in-line-four and a V6 from a supercar. PHOTO BY MANSKEE NASCIMENTO

Maserati claims that the Grecale comes with best-in-class interior space, handling, drivability, and acceleration. Regardless of variant, you can expect the distinct audible experience that Maseratis are known for when piloting the Grecale.

An engaging and unforgettable driving experience is served by Maserati’s new Vehicle Dynamic Control Module, offering full control over the vehicle. Drive modes include Comfort, GT, Sport, Corsa (Trofeo only), and Off-Road.

You can see hints of the MC20 supercar in the vehicle's design. PHOTOS BY MANSKEE NASCIMENTO

The exterior carries Maserati’s new design philosophy taken from the MC20. The front fascia presents a low, imposing grille flanked by headlamps with daytime running lights that mimic those found on the SUV’s supercar stablemate.

The side profile sports a clean and sleek look, somewhat reminiscent of the Porsche Macan. Boomerang-shaped taillights complete the distinct look of the Grecale from the rear.

Like many luxury brands, Maserati is now going the digitalization route. PHOTOS BY MANSKEE NASCIMENTO

The cabin presents a more minimalist and touch-based approach, giving it a clean aesthetic. The classic analog clock on the center dash is now digital for the first time. The 8.8-inch driver’s cluster is fully digital, and the large 12.3-inch center infotainment screen controls all the tech features onboard.

A third touchscreen is found in the second row for rear passengers. The audio system delivers the utmost listening pleasure through a 14- or 21-speaker Sonus Faber 3D sound setup.

We could be seeing its electric variant by the end of the year or early next year. PHOTO BY MANSKEE NASCIMENTO

We managed to have a chat with Mody Llamas Jr., general manager of Maserati Philippines. Llamas told us that we should expect the Grecale Folgore variant to enter our market in the near future—possibly by year’s end or early 2024. The executive certainly expressed strong enthusiasm for bringing the Trident’s first EV to our market, taking advantage of the zero import tariffs on electric vehicles.

Manskee Nascimento

Manskee is a music-loving petrolhead who specializes in car care. He finds peace in long drives to and from his home in La Union.