Where is the Maserati Alferi?
Australian outlet Motoring asked Maserati CEO Harald Wester about the status of the Alferi. He said that the replacement for the GranTursimo and GranCabrio would be arriving before the Alferi.
Wester gave a terse 'no comment' when asked if the Alferi would debut possibly next year. When pressed further, Wester said, "We already had discussion about Alfieri and I don't want to go into details."
Originally, Maserati was planning to have a production Alferi coupe this year. This would be followed by a convertible in 2017. There will be three V6 engines on offer from 410 to 520 horsepower, along with the choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
But trouble appeared back in December. Bloomberg reported that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - Maserati's parent company - was going to delay a number of models from Alfa Romeo and Maserati due to the faltering Chinese market. The list of models that were pushed back included the Alferi. It didn't help that China was one of the key markets for Maserati as they had set an ambitious goal of selling 75,000 vehicles by 2018. Now, Maserati believes they'll be able to sell around 50,000 vehicles in 2017 thanks in part to the new Levante SUV.