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The 2023 Maserati Grecale is the latest SUV from the Italian luxury vehicle manufacturer. Maserati is known for producing luxury performance models that are still attainable to many consumers, unlike more expensive competitors. The Trident makes works of art, and the Grecale fits right in with the rest of the brand. It’s powerful, classy, and innovative (for more reasons than you may think).

The Maserati Grecale has unique powertrain options

A gray 2023 Maserati Grecale small luxury SUV is parked.
The 2023 Maserati Grecale | Maserati

Maserati consistently produces vehicles with exhilarating performance specs. Part of that winning formula is the types of engines that the brand sources. Maserati often uses Ferrari engines in Trofeo models. That’s right, engines from none other than the legendary Ferrari brand power many Maserati models. No wonder that Maserati growl sounds so iconic.

The Grecale’s final configuration deviates from Maserati’s usual Ferrari engines and opts for its original engine, the Nettuno. The Nettuno is the first non-Ferrari engine to power a Maserati Trofeo vehicle in over two decades.

Maserati has its own unique identity, and its new engine helps create a degree of separation from Ferrari (for better or worse). I have personally tested both the Maserati Grecale and Maserati Levante. While the Levante has more powerful engine options (due to its size), the Grecale doesn’t disappoint.

The 2023 Maserati Grecale GT and Grecale Modena come standard with a four-cylinder turbocharged mild hybrid powertrain system. The GT makes 300 horsepower, and the Modena makes 330 horsepower. The Maserati Grecale Trofeo final configuration uses a twin-turbocharged V6 to make a massive 530 horses. It proves that The Trident doesn’t always need to be powered by the Prancing Horse to deliver exceptional performance.

Maserati’s small SUV helps The Trident compete in a new segment

A black 2023 Maserati Grecale small SUV is parked outdoors.
The 2023 Maserati Grecale | Charles Singh for MotorBiscuit

The Maserati Levante is referred to as the Maserati of SUVs according to the brand. Clearly, an extensive lineup of SUV models was never in the cards for the Italian automaker. There are only two Maserati SUVs in existence, but only one is a small SUV.

The 2023 Maserati Grecale allows the brand to compete in the small SUV segment. This segment is the most popular segment in America and in the world. Drivers love small SUVs, and automakers are making adjustments to meet the growing demand.

The Grecale is practical enough to function as a snazzy family SUV or a sporty daily driver for gearheads. It’s the most affordable Maserati SUV on the market and, thus, the most accessible to families. The 2023 Grecale is far from cheap, but it isn’t completely out of reach for many drivers.

How much does the Maserati Grecale cost?

The 2023 Maserati Grecale | Charles Singh for MotorBiscuit

According to Maserati, the 2023 Maserati Grecale starts at $63,500 with the base model GT configuration. The Modena starts at $72,900. Its final configuration, the Grecale Trofeo, starts at $102,500.

Maserati offers its small SUV in a base model that many consumers can afford, then two more luxurious models at higher price points. The Grecale is new, but it’s already proving that it has plenty of potential. Maserati’s new nameplate could become its best-selling SUV in the next few years.