Naza Italia has launched the Maserati Grecale in Malaysia following a preview of the company’s second SUV last year. The Grecale GT starts from RM598,000 and is accompanied by a three-year unlimited mileage warranty. It’s available in three colours – Blu Intenso (blue metallic), Bianco Astro (metallic grey), and Bianco (solid white).
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Under the hood is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 300 hp and 450 Nm of torque. The engine also comes with a 48-volt mild hybrid system and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission to drive all four wheels.
The Grecale’s 0-100 km/h time is 5.6 seconds, with a 240 km/h top speed. Keeping the Grecale planted through the corners are passive dampers but buyers can also specify the adaptive Skyhook dampers with air suspension. The Grecale’s brakes are made up of four-pot calipers in the front and single-pot units at the rear.
In terms of dimensions, the Grecale measures 4,846 mm in length, 1,670 mm in height, 1,948 mm in width, with a 2,901 mm wheelbase. Compared with its competitor, the Macan, the Grecale is 165 mm longer, 25 mm wider, 46 mm taller, with a 94 mm longer wheelbase.
The Grecale’s exterior highlights include an MC20-inspired nose grille, triple vents on the front fenders, trident emblems on the C-pillar, flushed door handles and a sloping roof for a sportier silhouette. At the rear, the Grecale’s taillights take inspiration from the 3200 GT, with quad exhaust tips to complement its athletic credentials.
As for the interior, the Grecale’s cabin is unlike any other with a flair that even the competent Macan can’t match. Aside from the fancy digital clock, the dual central displays and a digital instrument cluster, the Grecale also features finer details such as the trident tab behind the steering wheel and knurlings on the control knobs to resemble that of luxury watches.
It’s also worth noting that the infotainment system is powered by Google’s Android Automotive OS. Other standard items include a three-zone air conditioning system and a Sonus Faber sound system with up to 21 speakers. What do you think of the Grecale? Does the Malaysian market newcomer have what it takes to knock the popular Macan off its perch? Let us know!