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Maserati Levante SUV Coming Soon; Alfieri On Its Way, Eventually

Maserati needs more time to grow.

Maserati still aims to sell 75,000 vehicles a year, but it just won’t happen this year. Or next year. Or, frankly, for a few years. No, not until production catches up with Maserati’s ambition.

First comes the Ghibli-based Levante SUV (a prototype and the original Kubang concept are pictured), due to arrive at dealers in March. The all-wheel-drive five-seater will be equipped exclusively with 3.0-liter V-6 engines—a 275-hp diesel and a pair of 350-hp and 425-hp gas-powered units—and will bear no resemblance to the more mundane Jeeps and Alfas it has roots in. In early 2018, a plug-in hybrid version is scheduled to follow, and Maserati is working with a yet unnamed partner on a locally sourced all-electric version for China.

Last year, CEO Harald Wester told us that the Alfieri would debut in 2016 as a coupe and one year later as a roadster. Not so anymore. The coupe has been pushed back to 2018, the drop-top to 2019. The production Alfieri will retain the popular show car’s design wherever possible, it will be exclusively rear-wheel-drive, and it will be available with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 rated at either 410 hp or 520 hp.

The GranTurismo and GranCabrio are to receive a new infotainment system and several detail mods before replacement models finally arrive in late 2019 or early 2020. Expect an even roomier two-plus-two with a bigger boot and a choice of V-6 and V-8 engines, with the rowdy MC version delivering more than 600 hp, sources say. What about a MC12-style Birdcage supercar? Wester says not now. No budget, no engineering capacity.

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