With its Levante SUV now out in the open it’s time to look at what lies ahead for Maserati.
During Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ [NYSE:FCAU] five-year strategy announcement in May 2014, CEO Sergio Marchionne said Maserati would redesign the GranTurismo as well as launch an all-new sports car based on 2014’s Alfieri concept car. Both were promised for launch by the end of 2018.
Speaking with Drive, Maserati engineer Davide Danesin confirmed those plans were still on track and provided some fresh details.
Danesin revealed that a new platform was being developed, one sharing elements with the platform underpinning the Ghibli, Levante and Quattroporte.
“Today the architecture is shared between Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante," Danesin is quoted as saying. “With the Alfieri we think we need to make another step on the architecture so we're going to arrive at another more sporty architecture, with some common basis [with Ghibli] but with development from there.”
2016 Maserati GranTurismo
He explained that for performance-oriented cars like the Alfieri and GranTurismo, the platform needs to be lighter, have a lower center of gravity and lower mounting of the engine. He also mentioned moving the front wheel assembly forward to allow that classic sports car proportion of a long hood and cabin over the rear wheels.
It's currently thought the redesigned GranTurismo will arrive sometime in 2017 and the Alfieri to follow it by about a year. There won’t be a redesigned GranTurismo Convertible this time around. Instead, a convertible version of the Alfieri sports car will fill the role. Note, the sports car won’t actually be called an Alfieri. It’s expected Maserati will dig up its GranSport name.
To differentiate the two models, expect the redesigned GranTurismo to grow in size and become a proper grand tourer. The Alfieri will be a Porsche 911-rivaling sports car with 2+2 seating. We’ve also heard that the Alfieri will be offered exclusively with V-6 engines while the GranTurimso sticks with V-8s. Drive will be to the rear wheels only but all-wheel drive is being looked at, Danesin revealed.