TURIN -- Maserati hopes its first SUV will drive a volume and profit turnaround. The Levante large SUV went on sale in July in Italy and last month in the U.S.
Maserati has a lot pinned on the Levante, hoping the SUV boosts the brand's annual global sales to 70,000 by 2018, double the current volume. The company expects to sell 17,000 Levantes by year end and 30,000 next year.
Quattroporte: The flagship sedan has been freshened with minor styling tweaks. The most notable are the front grille inspired by that of the Levante and a new 8.4-inch touch-screen display in the interior.
The powertrain carried over, and active safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and automated emergency braking were finally added. The freshened Quattroporte is arriving in the U.S. with a base price of $105,200, including shipping.
Ghibli: The midsize sedan will receive the same technical improvements as the Quattroporte this month and will be freshened in mid-2017.
Levante: The SUV is arriving in U.S. dealerships, with a base price of $73,250, including shipping. The Levante comes with 345-hp and 424-hp twin turbo gasoline engines, depending on the trim level. Maserati says the SUV has on-road handling typical of its sedans, along with class-leading off-road capability.
The Levante is the first Maserati to offer torque vectoring as standard. When cornering, the function distributes more torque to the outer wheels, helping the driver to go faster around bends. It is coupled with the brand's Q4 all-wheel-drive system.
At 197 inches long, the Levante is longer than the Porsche Cayenne, its main rival. It is underpinned by an evolution of Maserati's sedan platform and shares its engines and awd system with the Ghibli.
Alfieri: Maserati unveiled a lightweight two-seat coupe concept at the 2014 Geneva auto show to rival Porsche's 911 Turbo and the Jaguar F-Type. The production Alfieri, initially due in 2016, is now likely to arrive in 2018 or 2019. A convertible variant, initially announced for 2017, likely never will arrive because of falling global convertible sales and virtually no demand for such vehicles in China.
GranTurismo: Production of the current GranTurismo coupe and convertible was extended to the end of 2017, possibly early 2018. Thus a redesign of the four-seat coupe won't go on sale before the second half of 2018.
The GranTurismo convertible could be redesigned a year later.