Maserati says the Grecale’s cabin goes for a simple, minimalist look but it’s executed very much in a dark and brooding Italian way; no light and open Scandi-style minimalism here. The seats are heavily bolstered and the ambience dictated by supposedly “artisan” craftsmanship such as intricate leatherwork, saddle stitching, brushed chrome and burnished trim inserts.
The dashboard is busy with screens: a driver’s information cluster behind the wheel, a 12.3-inch central screen and a smaller “comfort” screen. But there is definite minimalism in the absence of physical switches – bravely, they have virtually all been subsumed into the touch screens. Some will like that, others won’t.
At least there’s a proper round clock atop the dash. In fact while it looks analogue it is digital – Maserati’s first, would you believe – and can do things other than just tell the time.
The news underneath is VDCM – Vehicle Dynamic Control Module. Maserati says it offers 360-degree control of the car’s dynamics in a predictive rather than reactive way. It is also said to offer greater differentiation between drive models, which comprise Comfort, GT, Sport, Race and Off-road. The Trofeo gets VDCM and air springs (optional on the other models) as standard. Six levels of suspension adjustment are available with ride height varying by 65mm.