A new report is indicating the Maserati Alfieri will be launched in 2016 as a coupe that will be followed by a convertible a year after.

Autocar also says the model will likely keep its name when it goes on sale. The sports coupe will be a core model for the brand, which aims to sell 75,000 cars in 2018.

“While we don't expect it to be a big seller, we do expect it to anchor all values that are core to Maserati, and have a halo effect in drawing customers to us,” Maserati UK marketing director James Cowan commeted. “While our sales target of 75,000 cars by 2018 is ambitious, it is important that people recognize Maserati's core values of exclusivity and luxury remain. The Alfieri is the perfect car to do that job - it will be as desirable as a Jaguar F-type or Porsche 911 but considerably more exclusive, and as a result special.”

The Alfieri will be based on an adapted version of the platform that underpins Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte models. The entry-level model will be powered by a 410 PS (301 kW) variant of the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, while the range-topping all-wheel drive modification will have 450 PS (331 kW) and 520 PS (382 kW) outputs. The convertible is expected to be offered with the same engine lineup with prices starting at around 60,000 GBP (75,780 EUR).

Gallery: Maserati confirms production Alfieri coming in 2016

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