The luxury Italian automaker has reportedly decided to swap places between the new generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio with the Alfieri sports car, expected to debut at the onset of the next decade.
Upcoming introductions have been reworked according to the latest rumor off the mill, as the company is rethinking its strategy: the GranTurismo and GranCabrio will arrive first in 2018 and 2019, followed by the Alfieri in 2020 or 2021. The Alfieri, a concept that garnered praise when it was introduced back in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show, could at one time have become a series product as quickly as this year, with the future GranTurismo under discussion. Giulio Pastore, general manager of Maserati Europe, has recently explained “The Granturismo and Grancabrio will not be dropped,” and added “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.”
It appears the executives have also decided to drop the idea of an Alfieri soft-top and instead allowed the development of the next generation GranCabrio. According to Pastore, crucial decisions on the architecture and design for the Alfieri have not been reached – and Maserati could postpone the latter until 2018 for the 2020 introduction. “The Alfieri has been very important for Maserati,” added Maserati’s exterior design boss, Giovanni Ribotta. “The grille and much of the shape and details have influenced the Ghibli and the Levante.”