A Maserati representative has announced the next-gen GranTurismo will be introduced towards the end of 2017.

A Maserati representative has announced the next-gen GranTurismo will be introduced towards the end of 2017.

Founded exactly a century ago, Maserati has a bright future ahead as not only have they confirmed the Alfieri for production (2016 coupe & 2017 convertible), now we found out there's going to be a new GranTurismo set to go on sale late 2017. It will be offered exclusively as a coupe which means the current GranCabrio isn't going to get a new generation but the void will be filled by the open-top Alfieri.

In an interview with Auto Express, Maserati North Europe manager Peter Denton said the new GranTurismo is going to be "more compact rather than bigger." According to AE, the model will be offered exclusively in rear-wheel drive with a twin-turbo V8 3.8-liter developing more than 550 bhp (410 kW). The aforementioned Alfieri coupe & cabrio duo will get both RWD and AWD systems while power will come from a turbo V6 3.0-liter offered with either 404 bhp (301 kW), 444 (331 kW) or 513 bhp (383 kW).

Let's not forget Maserati is also cooking up the Levante crossover scheduled to go on sale in 2016 so the Italian marque has a lot on its plate right now. Hopefully Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has a plan to bring back Lancia as well.

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