Jose Altoveros / Maserati | October 27, 2017 08:31
Maserati's second SUV said to be positioned below Levante
While most expect Maserati to reveal a new GranTurismo to replace the already aging model, it seems as though the Italian marque has other plans and could be prioritizing a different model. That said model is another SUV, which will reportedly be positioned below the Levante and will launch by 2020.
According to Automotive News, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne said that a second SUV from Maserati will be arriving. Unlike the Levante which is based on a Ghibli, the upcoming Maserati SUV will be underpinned by the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
Despite using the same platform, Marchionne says that the Maserati SUV will likely feature a unique powertrain instead of using the same engine option. However, he did not go into any details regarding the unique powerplant. A possibility could be that Maserati's second SUV will be offered with a hybrid system, as the Italian marque has already promised to electrify all its models beginning 2019.
FCA believes that another Maserati SUV will help drive sales and profitability, specifically reaching 70,000 to 80,000 vehicles per year. The yet-to-be-named SUV will likely go up against other smaller premium SUVs and crossovers such as the Porsche Macan, BMW X3 and the likes. According to FCA, ever since the introduction of the Levante, Maserati has already experienced a significant increase in vehicle sales in the first three quarters of 2017 which is mainly attributed to the Levante.