Piece by Piece: Leaks of the 2022 Maserati Grecale
The Grecale will be unveiled by Maserati in November. The latest spy photos reveal a different set of wheels and exhaust tips than previously seen. In fact, the next SUV from the Italian automaker can’t come fast enough. Parts from a prototype of Maserati’s future mid-size SUV have been placed for sale in Poland. The 2022 Maserati Grecale has been leaked online ahead of its official unveiling in November 2021.
A bevy of parts from a pre-production Grecale have been advertised for sale on Polish classifieds website Allegro — the same website where parts from the BMW M5 CS were leaked last year – allowing an early glimpse beneath the camouflage at Maserati’s forthcoming mid-size luxury SUV, as discovered by Motor1. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Allegro used to sell parts for a forthcoming vehicle. Last year, the site listed various 2021 BMW M5 CS parts for sale, thereby exposing the vehicle a few months before its introduction in January.
The Grecale parts for sale are plentiful, mind you, and include the SUV’s hood, front bumper (including the grille), fenders, headlamps, taillamps, 21-inch wheels, and tiller, just like the previous leak. The parts are marked as “used” and OEM, which is unusual. All of these items are also grouped together under a single person.
We now know how the Grecale would look, which isn’t far off from the unofficial renderings we’ve seen before – at least in the front end – thanks to these parts being available for purchase. The rear section, particularly the taillights, is a little odd, but all you have to do is glance at the Levante to get a notion of what the production Grecale’s rear might look like. For the wheels, the story is the same.
We’re not sure if the parts being sold are for the confirmed Grecale Trofeo or the more sedate trims at this time. In the following months, we’ll find out for sure, so keep an eye on us. The Grecale shares a family resemblance with Maserati’s larger vehicles, with the front bumper taking design influences from the larger Levante SUV and new MC20 supercar, and the front quarter panels sporting the brand’s tri-hole insignia.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel is nearly identical to the one found in the new MC20, with the exception of the lack of carbon-fiber accents and glossed black switchgear (rather than matte), and the LED headlights, taillights, and 21-inch alloy wheels, which are all similar to those seen on earlier prototypes in Europe.
The new Maserati Grecale is the renowned Italian marque’s second SUV, sitting below the big Levante to compete with the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and its speculated twin under the skin, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. It will be revealed in November 2021.
Engines are projected to range from a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol four-cylinder (with modest hybrid assistance) in entry-level vehicles to a high-performance Trofeo variant driven by a version of Maserati’s in-house-designed 3.0-liter twin-turbo ‘Nettuno’ V6, or the Stelvio’s 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6. In the next years, an electric version of the Grecale with ‘Folgore’ branding is expected.
Interior spy photographs have previously revealed a central 10-inch touchscreen in the dashboard, as well as a digital instrument cluster in front of the driver and prominent metallic paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
When the wraps come off officially in November 2021, the full details of the 2022 Maserati Grecale will be disclosed.