What's next for Maserati?

The Maserati festival just won't stop here at Autoblog as the news keeps on rolling in about the Trident marque. After dropping the new GranTurismo on us, industry analysts are speculating on what the next steps could be for Maserati.

Earlier reports were based on the identification of two test mules caught in different forms. That led to speculation that Maserati was working on two separate two-door models: a 2+2 GT (the GranTurismo just unveiled), a Spyder variant (based on the GranTurismo) with a cloth roof, and a separate four-seat cabrio with a retractable hard-top.

[Source: Motor Authority]

New reports emerging now suggest that the next model for Maserati could be a smaller, more sporty coupe, slotting below the GranTurismo in the line-up. The new GT has grown slightly in dimensions (and been fitted with an automatic) in pursuit of the luxury coupe market, while a smaller and more nimble sportscar would attract different buyers where the previous Coupe/Spyder/GranSport range had tried to cover both. Insiders suggest the smaller coupe would also be based on the Quattroporte platform, but while Maserati might not have the resources to develop a second platform, their cooperation with Alfa Romeo could see them borrowing one from them.

After the launch of the GranTurismo, Maserati has plenty on its plate, so we wouldn't expect to see that new model quite so soon. Their contribution to the Quattroporte-based Alfa 169 will demand resources; if they build crossover previewed by the Kubang concept, that'll take more. Speculation is exactly that, so we'll just have to wait and see.

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