Maserati has confirmed it plans to slot a new performance SUV in below the Levante, with the newcomer set to be called the Grecale.

In the extensive press kit released after the reveal of the new MC20 mid-engined supercar, the Italian company confirms the new SUV will wear the Grecale badge.

“The future Maserati SUV will carry the name of a wind. It is to be called Grecale, after the fierce north-east wind of the Mediterranean Sea, and it is destined to play a key role in the brand’s development,” the firm said.

Reports out of Italy suggest the new model will run on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (and be built alongside its cousin at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Cassino plant), with production scheduled to commence in 2021.

It is expected to be offered with both petrol and diesel engines, before an all-electric model joins the range in 2022.

The Grecale seems poised to compete with the likes of the Porsche Macan, as well as performance variants of the Audi Q3, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC ranges.