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Maserati CEO Confirms GranTurismo Replacement And New Sports Car

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2013 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible MC

2013 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible MC

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The next couple of years will be very busy for Maserati which is planning a new model onslaught that will see five brand new models released between now and 2015, the automaker’s CEO has confirmed.

Previously, it was only known that three new models were in the pipeline, though now we know about a replacement for the GranTurismo as well as a smaller sports car to take on the likes of the Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 911.

Speaking with What Car?, Maserati CEO Harald Wester said the recently revealed 2014 Quattroporte is just the first of five new models due over the next three years. The others will be the Ghibli mid-size sedan due next year, the Levante SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee in mid-2014, and then the replacement for the GranTurismo and a new sports car in 2015.  

During the same interview, Maserati styling boss Lorenzo Ramaciotti revealed that the replacement for the GranTurismo (and GranTurismo Convertible) would be smaller than the current car, explaining that its dimensions would be more akin to the Jaguar XK rather than the portly model on sale today.  

As for the new sports car due after the GranTurismo replacement, Ramaciotti said this will be a small two-seater sports car designed to take on the likes of the Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 911. Wester has previously hinted at a new mid-engine ‘GranSport’ model, and it’s possible this is the new sports car Maserati is planning.

Previous reports suggested the new mid-engine sports car would be based on an enlarged version of the platform underpinning the Alfa Romeo 4C, which will be manufactured by Maserati at its plant in Modena, Italy.

The engines planned for all these models are likely to be the new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and 3.8-liter V-8 units built by Ferrari and set to debut in the 2014 Quattroporte. A 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel will also be offered in some of Maserati’s new models in Europe.

If all goes to plan, Maserati is hoping to see annual sales of around 50,000 units by the middle of the decade, close to a 10-fold increase on its current sales level.
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