Maserati undertakes winter testing of Grecale SUV

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Testing continues on the Grecale SUV prototypes, Maserati has announced, and has moved to the cold of the Swedish glades where the cars have been exposed to extreme conditions and on very low-grip surfaces.

The prototypes were tested to fine-tune their start-up and driveability at very low temperatures, to check the vehicle dynamics on mixed surfaces of tarmac, snow and ice, and to ensure they could maintain in-car comfort in all weather conditions, varying from a few degrees above zero to as low as -30°C in Lapland.

Tests were also carried out to calibrate the car’s traction control systems, looking at understeer and oversteer in different drive modes and with varying sizes and types of wheels, to specifically characterize each of the driving modes on offer.

Maserati says that the test took place across a variety of venues from low-grip handling tracks to completing high-performance laps on various circuits, steering pads and more demanding routes featuring corners, slopes, long straights and drops, on snowy or icy surfaces.

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