The Alfieri concept with its drop-dead gorgeous design wowed the audience gathered at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, prompting lots of people to hope for a production version. Later the same year, Maserati announced plans to introduce a road-going car as early as 2016, but then it changed its mind and decided to push back the model’s launch until around 2018. Now, Autocar is reporting the Alfieri is facing yet another delay and we shouldn’t be expecting it sooner than 2020, and only if everything will go according to Maserati’s latest plan.
Little else is known about the Alfieri at this point, although company engineer Davide Danesin has already revealed the car will ride on a newly developed lightweight platform. It will not be created from the ground up as some of the bits and pieces will be shared with the Ghibli sedan. An all-wheel drive model was being considered at one point, but Danesin said a few months ago it’s unlikely to happen, which means the Alfieri will be offered exclusively with a rear-wheel drive layout.
Meanwhile, the Italian company is working on the next generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio models scheduled to be launched in the 2018-2019 interval based on the most recent roadmap. A previous product plan signaled the demise of the GranCabrio in order to make room for a convertible Alfieri with a fabric roof, but Maserati Europe’s general manager Giulio Pastore is now saying it will not be axed and will live to see another generation.
In related news, Pastore mentioned Maserati currently does not have any plans to develop a smaller crossover that would slot underneath the Levante, the company’s first foray into the segment. The role of a smaller crossover in FCA’s lineup will be attributed to the upcoming Stelvio, also the first model of its kind in Alfa Romeo’s history.
Besides working on the next-gen GranTurismo & GranCabrio duo and the Alfieri, Maserati is also preparing the company’s first pure electric model pinned for a 2019 launch.