The Maserati Alfieri will not be launched until 2016 but CEO, Harald Wester, has announced some important details about the concept car and the future of the brand.
In an interview with CAR magazine he revealed that the Alfieri design from Lorenzo Ramaciotti won’t see many changes before it arrives on our roads.
He said: “The future of Maserati has already begun with Ghibli and Quattroporte. Everything else that is in the pipeline between now and 2018 will tap into this DNA.
“Maserati is also preparing an auxiliary 48V electrical system and, eventually, a plug-in application. While the 48V approach provides a kick-in-the-butt E-boost, as well as enough E-power to feed the AC and the active suspension, the Ghibli PHEV must meet a tough 70g/km CO2 target.”
The new Alfieri will use the same rear-wheel drive architecture as the latest model and the V8 turbo charged engine will deliver 404bhp.
The Fiat Chrysler Group, owner of Maserati, is confident that the new products in the pipeline will help to boost sales, with predictions of growth from 15,000 models in 2013 to 50,000 in 2015 and 75,000 in 2018. Most of this growth, though, is expected to come from the family-based Levante SUV and the executive twins of the Ghibli and Quattroporte.