Al­fieri in line to lead Maserati on­slaught

Wheels (Australia) - - Red Line -

With the Maserati Le­vante set to go on sale here by the end of the year, thoughts turn to what the Ital­ian car­maker is likely to do next.

The steer from in­side the com­pany is that the next model is likely to be ei­ther a pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Al­fieri coupe con­cept ( be­low) shown at Geneva two years ago, or a re­place­ment for the el­derly Gran­tur­ismo coupe.

Maserati’s am­bi­tion is re­port­edly to em­u­late Fer­rari with five model lines and a five-year re­place­ment cy­cle. By our reck­on­ing these five lines would be Al­fieri, Gran­tur­ismo/grancabrio, Ghi­bli, Qu­at­tro­porte and Le­vante.

The ob­vi­ous is­sue is that the Gran­tur­ismo is prac­ti­cally draw­ing its pen­sion. The steer is that its re­place­ment is likely to come first.

The smaller Al­fieri would then be spun from the same ar­chi­tec­ture, but sold at a lower price point.

THE LEV­ANTE WILL GO ON SALE IN AUS­TRALIA LATE THIS YEAR, BUT ONLY IN DIESEL FORM. PETROL VER­SIONS MAY FOL­LOW... OR NOT

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