Leasing an SUV is undoubtedly a hugely popular choice. They’re practical, spacious, comfortable, and there’s such a huge range to choose from that you’re almost guaranteed to find something within your budget. There’s really only one downside to an SUV: everybody’s got one. What are you supposed to do if you want to stand out? Simple. Lease yourself the brand-new Maserati Grecale.
In an ocean of premium Germanic marques – BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Porsche are the usual badges of choice in this particular sector – the best defence has to be the iconic Trident.
Developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena (conveniently located about 15 mins from the Ferrari factory so they can easily compare notes), the new Grecale offers the perfect balance of performance, comfort, and safety. With a wide range of engine and specification options there’s plenty within the range to attract attention.
Three versions will be rolled out at launch: GT and Modena variants both feature a four-cylinder mild-hybrid engine offering 300bhp and 330bhp respectively. The blisteringly powerful Trofeo boasts a high-performance 3.0-litre V6 based on the Nettuno engine fitted to the MC20 supercar and producing a highly desirable 530bhp.
The handling of all that power is down to the new, 100% Maserati Vehicle Dynamic Control Module system and the option of complete control between the various drive modes: Comfort, GT, Sport, and Off-Road. Opt for the Trofeo version and you can also add Corsa to the list for those times you accidentally find yourself on a racetrack.
The range is due to be completed next year with the introduction of Maserati’s first fully electric vehicle, the Grecale Folgore. At launch, the Grecale is also available in the PrimaSerie Launch Edition, a limited edition featuring exclusive content.
To put all of that into some sort of context, the Maserati Grecale is nearly 5m long and just over 2m wide, so it’s got all the interior space you need. It’s finished in the finest leather and wood, with a slice of carbon fibre for a contemporary touch. It oozes style and elegance, and that badge says you don’t follow the crowd. And when you can hit 60mph in under 4 seconds and have a top speed of 177mph it’s a safe bet the crowd will be following you.
Inside the cabin, special touches include the traditional Maserati clock face – although it’s now digital for the first time - that transforms into a veritable in-car concierge courtesy of voice control.
Everything is touch-based, with the technology controlled from the large 12.3 inch central screen, with another 8.8 inch display for the extra controls and a third screen for the passengers in the rear seats. You also get an all-round sound experience from the Sonus faber 3D sound system that boasts at least 14 speakers as standard, rising to 21 speakers if you upgrade. And if you want an example of the attention to detail Maserati is capable of, there was even a uniquely Italian collaboration with highly respected musician, songwriter, and record producer, Dardust, to customise the ‘chimes’ you’ll hear from the car’s sound alerts.
It’s always been the case that choosing a Maserati over something German makes a statement about the driver. You may not notice as you’re driving around but a Maserati always attracts appreciative looks. Until now that meant you were driving an executive saloon. The new Maserati Grecale gives you that same feeling of exclusivity with all the practicalities of an SUV.
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