Yes, this happens again. Maserati has decided to delay the release of the new generation Maserati GranTurismo once again, this time for 2020. We were promised to see the new car next year, but apparently, as Car Magazine says, the Things have changed. Hopefully, for better.
The Italian company’s engineers have decided to move the Next-Gen Maserati GranTurismo model to a whole new architecture. The switch means a lot more work is needed, hence the delay. It is a fully aluminum platform, which must be used in several new Maseratis, designed to be lighter and more rigid than the current one. It will be able to support ICEs, hybrids and electric cars.
Another novelty will be the introduction of ZF’s eight-speed automatic transmission, which will replace the current six-speed arch auto. Yes, the same gearbox that we all know countless BMW, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Bentley and Audi models.
In addition, an anonymous engineer of the company confirmed the British publication, Maserati plans to use electric assistance to improve the torque curve of the turbo that will be used in the GranTurismo. After all, one of the most important features of the Italian GT is the flat torque delivery of naturally aspirated engines. Of course, a diesel engine is not in the cards.
Car Magazine claims that we will probably see a preview concept of the production model next year. The design will be a mix between traditional elements for the company and more aggressive forms, as shown by the Alfieri study.
In June, Maserati delighted once again the current generation of GranTurismo, both in coupe and convertible variants. The vehicles have won a fresh new face, a restyled rear bumper and a new 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.