In October of last year it was revealed the launch of the Maserati Alfieri, which was to compete with the Porsche 911 and Mercedes-AMG GT, would be pushed back until 2018 after having been previously scheduled for a 2016 debut date. It now seems Maserati has either cancelled the car entirely or put its debut on hold until further notice, based on comments made by Maserati CEO Harald Wester to Australia’s Motoring.
Wester said that the successors to the Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio would now arrive before the Alfieri and that the Alfieri, or a car similar to it, would arrive at a later date. The Alfieri, which was named after company founder Alfieri Maserati and built mark the automaker’s 100th anniversary in 2014, is to be a 2+2 like the GranTurismo but will also be more compact.
When asked if the Alfieri would launch next year, Wester said “no comment.” He also said he’d “have to talk to his people,” when asked if development on the new car was on schedule, making it seem as though he was reluctant to divulge any more information. Fiat Chrysler recently announced it would shift spending away from Alfa Romeo and Maserati and more towards Jeep and other brands based on current global trends, which put several planned Alfa Romeo products on the back burner, like a competitor to the BMW 7-Series sedan, for example.