It seems that the Italian car maker’s plan isn’t working as well as it should.
Maserati has a lot on its plate right now, and maybe the move to delay the Alfieri coupe isn’t as “grim” as it sounds. The car manufacturer’s recently-launched Ghibli model isn’t quite as popular as everyone expected, and Maserati will stop production again next month in order to match market demand.
It’s unlikely that the Ghibli will be Maserati’s salvation, and that’s why the FCA-owned company will try its luck next year, with the upcoming Levante – as you know, an SUV can do wonders for a car company.
So, that means all of Maserati’s attention will be aimed at the future crossover, which unfortunately, also means postponing other projects, such as the Alfieri. According to Automobile Magazine, Alfieri’s world debut in 2016 was pushed to 2018, with a roadster variant following in 2019. That’s a major delay, but at least the production-guise version will broadly retain the concept’s original design, and it will be offered with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 at its disposal.
On the other hand, this also means that the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models will stay with us until their replacements arrive somewhere in late 2019 or early 2020 – making the automobiles’ lifespan quite prolonged.
Let’s just hope the models will be competitive and won’t be obsolete when they’ll arrive. Compared with Maserati’s main rivals, of course.