Such a Tease

Maserati Grecale prototype spied driving near company's Modena plant

The Maserati Grecale has been teased ahead of its debut.

Photo courtesy of Maserati

The Maserati Grecale is expected to be revealed later this year. Ahead of that debut, the company has taken a unique approach to showing off the camoflauge-wrapped SUV - they released photos to company employees with instruction to distribute them on social networks rather than sending them to the press.

The employees obliged. One of the first to do so was Bernard Loire, Chief Commercial Officer at Maserati.

Each of the three photos distributed shows the Grecale outside the historic Maserati plant on Viale Ciro Menotti in Modena, Italy. The prototype cars are currently undergoing a period of intensive road, circuit and off-road tests, in various conditions of use, to acquire vital data for the preparation of the new SUV's final setup.

The Maserati plant is the same place where the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is built, in Cassino, Italy. Maserati will invest 800 million Euros to get the plant ready for production.

The 2022 Maserati Grecale will be the little sister of the Maserati Levante. It is expected to compete directly with the Porsche Macan in a hot luxury compact SUV market.

Maserati has said that it will offer a hybrid and battery electric (BEV) version of the Grecale, but expect to see the hybrid before the BEV.

The Maserati Grecale was spied testing outside the company's facility in Italy.Photo courtesy of Maserati

The automaker is also expected to create a high-performance variant of the SUV, giving it the Trofeo name. Maserati currently sells the Levante in Levante, Levante S, Levante GTS, and Levante Trofeo grades. The Grecale could follow suit.

The larger Levante starts at $77,890 and tops out over $152,000. It's likely that the Grecale will be priced lower, possibly starting around $50,000. A range-topping Trofeo could be priced over $100,000.

Not much else is known about the Grecale at this point. It's likely that Maserati will continue to tease the model, revealing it little by little until the full cover comes off, if the reveal of the company's MC20 sportscar is any indication.

2022 The Grecale is smaller than the Levante.Photo courtesy of Maserati

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The Maserati Grecale will debut before the end of 2021.

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Ford just announced specs for the new hardcore off-roader.

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After years of speculation over the Bronco's return, Ford finally pushed the revived SUV to market last year. The rumor mill immediately kicked back into action with speculation of a higher-powered Raptor version of the Bronco to match Ford's F-150 Raptor here in the U.S. We've seen teases and a short film on the SUV, but today, The Blue Oval announced specs for what will surely be a highly desirable new vehicle in 2022 and beyond.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor The Bronco Raptor gets upgraded cooling and engine tuning to handle high-temperature operation.Ford

The Bronco Raptor gets an exclusive twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 that makes 400 horsepower, which is a big improvement over the standard SUV's V6 that makes an already healthy 330 horsepower. Four-wheel drive and a ten-speed automatic gearbox are standard. Ford says the Raptor also comes with a new towing mode that allows a max tow rating of 4,500 pounds - a 1,000-pound improvement over the base Bronco. Trail Control, trail Turn Assist, and Trail One-Pedal driving are also present here.

The Raptor gets seven of the standard Bronco's G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) driving modes, including a new Baja Mode that works with the engine's turbo system to reduce lag and improve performance during high-speed runs in desert temperatures. An active exhaust allows four selectable sound modes, including normal, sport, quiet, and Baja, and the Raptor's intercooler helps keep operating temperatures at reasonable levels when running in hot weather.

Using the Bronco's modular design, Ford gave the Raptor unique front and rear quarter panels, fender flares, and door appliqués. The new body components add 9.8 inches to the Raptor's width, and removable running boards help improve rock crawling abilities. Model-exclusive amber LED running lights accent the Raptor's front end, and Raptor logos set the hardcore model apart from its "lesser" counterpart.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Amber LEDs and special badging designate the much-upgraded Raptor model.Ford

Inside, the Bronco Raptor gets a 12-inch digital gauge cluster with configurable view for vehicle performance and other information. Black marine-grade vinyl seats and rubberized flooring are standard. Orange accents on the dash vents, door netting, and steering wheel help break up the all-black interior, and Ford offers a synthetic suede upholstery upgrade for buyers wanting a little more comfort with their capable off-roader. A 12-inch infotainment touchscreen and 360-degree camera system are also standard.

Bronco Raptor hopefuls can start placing orders in March, but be aware that there will be a wait involved for everyone. Ford says that the majority of 2022 Bronco Raptors will go to existing reservation holders based on their reservation timestamp. It's worth noting that many 2021 Bronco buyers are still waiting for the SUVs, which are being converted into 2022 orders, so the wait time for the Raptor could be severe for anyone without a standing reservation.

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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

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If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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