While the production of the Maserati Alfieri sports car was supposed to follow on the heels of the new Levante SUV next year, production has now been pushed back two years. Though Maserati’s coupe is being postponed, the Levante SUV is on track to arrive at dealers next March.
Last year during Fiat Chrysler‘s Investor Day, Maserati brand chief announced that the popular Alfieri sports car would launch in 2016 after the Levante, but a report from our friends at AUTOMOBILE says we won’t see it until 2018 as the brand increases production on other models to hit a yearly sales goal of 75,000 cars.
The drop-top Alfieri, which will come out a year after the coupe model, has also been pushed back and isn’t expected until 2019. The postponed sports car will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that will be rated at 410 hp or 520 hp, depending on model, and will be offered exclusively with rear-wheel drive.
The Levante will share a platform with the Ghibli and Quattroporte, and styling will likely draw heavily from the Kubang concept of 2011. Power will come from three different 3.0-liter V-6 engines, including a 275-hp diesel and two gas engines making 350 hp and 425 hp, respectively. Expect a plug-in hybrid variant to make its way into the lineup in 2018, while an all-electric version for the Chinese market is also currently under development.