Configurator Challenge: Maserati Grecale

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The Maserati Grecale volition go the Italian brand's astir affordable conveyance successful Australia. Here's how Drive team would specify cars of their own, admiring from the sidelines.

Tom Fraser
 Maserati Grecale

Customisation is successful vogue astatine the moment, but prime tin beryllium earnestly confusing. In our configurator challenge, we fto the Drive team escaped connected a manufacturer’s website to make their perfect operation for a definite model.

This week's situation covers the caller Maserati Grecale mid-size SUV acceptable to motorboat locally with 3 chiseled exemplary variants.

The Maserati Grecale volition go the astir affordable exemplary successful the Italian car maker's section line-up portion offering a slew of customisation options which the Drive squad has demonstrated below.

Tell america what your perfect Maserati Grecale would look similar successful the comments beneath (build yours here), and the cars you'd similar america to configure next.

James Ward, Director of Content

There are immoderate beauteous awesome colours and configurations disposable for the Grecale, and portion I'm definite we'll spot our just stock of black-on-black connected the road, I felt a crisp Italian needed a small much flair.

I started with the base-trim Grecale GT successful the stunning Verde Smeraldo green, portion of the Fuoriserie palette. To sound it retired of the park, I've paired this with the achromatic asymmetric decal kit, which provides an offset swathe of 'bianco' crossed the bonnet and down the right-hand broadside of the car.

It incorporates a alternatively over-the-top trident logo motif connected the roof... but possibly don't look excessively intimately astatine that. You sadly can't lucifer this with the panoramic extortion (which would region the elephantine trident), but tin adhd extortion rails and adjacent a Maserati cargo container for a small other extra.

Wheels person jumped up 1 size to the 20-inch Etere items successful gloss black, and I've chosen reddish brake calipers due to the fact that you benignant of person to.

Inside I've continued the achromatic taxable by adding Ghiacco (ice) leather and gloss c fibre trim.

There's a sprinkling of black-pack connected the outside, and immoderate tech inclusions connected the wrong conscionable to guarantee determination is ne'er an identical spec Grecale successful the supermarket carpark.

Susannah Guthrie, Senior Journalist

While I don't emotion drinking reddish wine, I americium partial to a Shiraz-hued shade. As such, the 'Bordeaux Pontevecchio' exterior colour connected the Grecale – from Maserati's Fuoroserie customized colour database – is the lone costly reddish I request successful my life. 

I would person loved to treble down with burgundy brake calipers and interior trim, but that wasn't an enactment truthful I played it harmless with black-painted brake calipers, achromatic 'Nero' seats with reddish stitching and high-gloss soft achromatic trim connected the dash.

I emotion the ostentatious Maserati logo, truthful evidently I had to person it stitched successful reddish connected the seats. And if I'm buying a Maserati, I'm going each retired and getting the Trofeo grade, natch.

Alex Misoyannis, Journalist

The entry-level four-cylinder mentation of the Maserati Grecale would beryllium plentifulness speedy for roadworthy use, but the thought of a ample SUV with a supercar motor (admittedly, this 390kW Nettuno twin-turbo V6 would been developed for some vehicles…) is excessively appealing to walk connected the top-of-the-range Trofeo.

I’ve opted for the leader colour seen successful each the Grecale Trofeo property images, Giallo Corse (race yellow) … for the chill sum of $48,500, equivalent to 2 caller Toyota Yaris hatchbacks. Ouch.

Complementing the exterior colour – which gives caller meaning to the word “premium paint” – are the modular achromatic leather seats with reddish stitching, reddish brake calipers, 21-inch ‘Crio’ alloy wheels, and 3D carbon-fibre interior inlays, each included successful the basal database price.

But I haven't stopped ticking enactment boxes. In summation to the paint, I’ve selected the $7050 ADAS Level 2 battalion (traffic motion designation and semi-autonomous driving technology), $5950 Sonus Faber “high premium” dependable strategy with 21 speakers, $3290 Tech Assistance Pack (head-up display, wireless telephone charging), $2100 front-seat ventilation, and $700 metallic athletics pedals.

It is simply a shame you inactive request to enactment postulation motion designation and a wireless telephone charger connected a $170,000 luxury SUV successful 2023, erstwhile they’re fitted to mass-market household cars a 3rd of the price. But they’re must-have items astatine this terms and extremity of the market, truthful I've ticked the boxes.

The last terms for my Maserati Grecale Trofeo configuration is $232,590 positive on-road costs – oregon apt much than $250,000 drive-away. That includes a important $67,590 successful options (though the yellowish overgarment is overmuch of that).

Ben Zachariah, Journalist

Maserati is to Ferrari arsenic Tudor is to Rolex. Theirs whitethorn not beryllium the archetypal prime of a imagination car oregon the go-to poster car of teenagers, but they're often favoured by radical who privation a interaction much anonymity than the different Italian supercar brands – oregon a interaction much quality than the German offerings.

Which brings america to the Maserati Grecale, which makes a precise compelling lawsuit against the likes of the Porsche Macan, BMW X3 M, and Mercedes-AMG GLC models.

Of course, I would prime the Grecale Trofeo, which borrows the MC20's 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 – albeit with somewhat little power. Still, 390kW is simply a bully fig for a regular driver. Solid achromatic Bianco overgarment is classy for specified a instrumentality (black would besides beryllium acceptable), optioned with the 21-inch Pegaso glossy achromatic forged wheels, and reddish brake calipers to lucifer the interior.

An interior finished successful a operation of reddish and black, made each the amended with the tech assistance pack, ADAS driving assistance package, and a fewer different goodies similar a premium dependable system, heated and ventilated seats, and a heated steering wheel. No, the Grecale isn't the evident choice, but it mightiness conscionable beryllium the close one.

Kez Casey, Production Editor

There's truthful galore antithetic ways to configure a Grecale, but I representation excavation arsenic something of a modern expansive tourer successful which case, the Grecale GT is the cleanable starting point.

Verde Royale is the colour of choice, on with chrome window and tailgate trim, and matte grey brake calipers. There's thing of a practice twist astatine play here, truthful the marrone-colored leather and unfastened pore radica wood trim assistance transmission the throw-back look.

While the 20-inch Etere forged alloy wheels (and their trident-styled design) are borrowed from the Modena trim, they shouldn't interaction excessively heavy connected the touring comfortableness implicit the modular 19s. 

Other continent-crossing touches connected my physique see the 21-speaker Sonus Faber audio upgrade, interior ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, and matrix headlights.

While the lure of the Grecale Trofeo is tempting, the 221kW/450Nm 2.0-litre turbo motor successful the GT should inactive deed the close spot. Not to notation that immoderate of the much brown-and-wood hued options are locked retired of the much almighty engines, but the leather-lined luxury acquisition is simply a cardinal portion of the GT making it the 1 for me.

Rob Margeit, Features Editor

I chose Blu Royale for my Maserati Grecale because I similar colour names wherever the missive 'e' ends the wrong word and because I'm aged and staid.

Standard 21-inch wheels encase yellowish calipers which I deliberation opposition nicely with the exterior paint. Inside, it's achromatic leather with opposition yellowish stitching, matching the brake calipers. Carbon-fibre accents wrong implicit the lad racer look.

Justin Narayan, Senior Journalist

I went for the Modena trim level due to the fact that I don't deliberation I request the other horsepower of the Trofeo.

Given I emotion green, I've opted for the brand's Verde Smeraldo metallic – a peculiar colour from its Fuoriserie overgarment range.

As for wheels, opted for the forged 21s, and inside, carbon-copper-twill interior with achromatic leather. Simple, yet stand-out!

Sharlene Wood, Head of Production

I've gone with the Azzuro Astro Matte exterior with an crystal leather interior. The c fibre trim, extortion rails and summertime tyres with yellowish brake calipers compliment the luxury beach-side aesthetic.

Azzurro translates to "the airy bluish colour" oregon "colour of the sky", truthful erstwhile I person my pedal to the metallic astatine 8am connected a Monday greeting I tin unreal I'm flying disconnected to a dreamy coastal escapade alternatively of the office. Bellissimo.

As awesome arsenic a near-400kW SUV sounds successful my head, that's mode much powerfulness than I'll ever use, truthful I've opted for the restrained Grecale Modena variant. Interestingly, this exemplary people besides allows a wider array of colour combinations and instrumentality options. 

I've leaned connected Maserati's tailor-made Fuoriserie colour palette for the gorgeous Blu Maserati hue implicit my Grecale's exterior. It already looks astonishing connected my computer's screen, but erstwhile it's successful the metallic I ideate it to beryllium a jaw-dropper. Wheels are the modular 20-inch forged Etere units which evoke the aged Maserati Trident motif synonymous with the brand. I've besides got a acceptable of bluish brake calipers underneath to necktie successful with the exterior paint. 

Inside the compartment I've gone for Rosso leather with chevron signifier and trident headrest imprints. There's besides 3D-effect c people trim, a 21-speaker dependable system, stainless alloy pedals, sunroof, and a acceptable of extortion rails. 

Tom Fraser

Tom started retired successful the automotive manufacture by exploiting his photographic skills but rapidly learned that journalists got the amended extremity of the deal. He began with CarAdvice successful 2014, near successful 2017 to articulation Bauer Media titles including Wheels and WhichCar and subsequently returned to CarAdvice successful aboriginal 2021 during its modulation to Drive. As portion of the Drive contented team, Tom covers automotive news, car reviews, advice, and holds a peculiar involvement successful long-form diagnostic stories. He understands that each car purchaser is unsocial and has varying requirements erstwhile it comes to buying a caller car, but equally, there’s besides a loyal subset of Drive assemblage that loves entertaining enthusiast content. Tom holds a heavy respect for each things automotive nary substance the model, priding himself connected noticing the subtle things that marque each car tick. Not a time goes by that helium doesn’t larn thing caller successful an everchanging industry, which is past imparted to the Drive scholar base.

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