Maserati Alfieri gets the green light
First shown at this year's Geneva motor show, the striking Alfieri concept was originally thought to preview the styling of the forthcoming replacement for the marque's Granturismo coupe, which is to be launched in 2018.
However, the new Alfieri model will be smaller and rival the recently launched Jaguar F-Type. As such, it will be available in both coupe and convertible body styles. Entry-level models will be powered by a 404bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine, with models higher up the range offered with 444bhp and 513bhp - plus the option of four-wheel-drive. Prices are set to start around £60,000.
The new Alfieri and Granturismo models form something of a product offensive from the Italian brand, which will also include its first SUV model in the form of the Levante.
Unlike other premium SUV's which are almost exclusively four-wheel-drive, the Levante will have a focus on on-road driving dynamics and will be available in a rear-wheel-drive configuration only. It goes on sale in 2015 and will be offered with a range of V6 petrol and diesel engines, along with a turbocharged V8 developing in excess of 550bhp.
The brand's current Quattroporte and Ghibli saloon cars will also benefit from an increased range of engines with a 345bhp V6 petrol set to power entry-level models by 2018.
The plans are part of Maserati's ambitions to increase annual sales from 15,000 units to 75,000 by 2018.