The hotly anticipated Maserati Alfieri sports car won’t appear until at least 2020, as the Italian performance marque shuffles its production schedule to fast-track the replacement for the ageing GranTurismo and GranCabrio before the end of the decade.
According to a new report by the UK’s Autocar, Maserati has confirmed the launch of the successors to the GranTurismo and GranCabrio twins - likely to land around 2018 - before the Alfieri after a previous production plan hinted at their demise.
“The GranTurismo and GranCabrio will not be dropped,” said Giulio Pastore, general manager for Maserati’s European arm.
“We won’t forget that Maserati is very well known in its history for beautiful 2+2 GT cars and we will replace them, then the Alfieri.”
Above: Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale
In August, another report by the British publication quoted Harald Wester, former Maserati boss and current chief technology officer at parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), indicating the next-generation GranTurismo would be very different from the current car, and that the GranCabrio could be dropped due to low demand in China.
Above and Top: Maserati Alfieri concept
Since then, numerous reports have made conflicting claims regarding whether the Alfieri will sit below or replace the GranTurismo and GranCabrio. This most recent development suggests the former.
Earlier this year, FCA chief Sergio Marchionne said an all-electric version of the Alfieri could be launched as soon as 2019, though Pastore’s comments could see that date pushed back a few years.
According to Maserati’s original announcement, the production version of the Alfieri will be offered in both coupe and convertible bodies, driving either the rear or all four wheels.
Above: Maserati GranCabrio
Power is said to come exclusively from turbocharged V6 engines, with outputs ranging from 306kW to 388kW.
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