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It was recently announced that the launch of the Maserati Alfieri will be pushed back to 2020. This is an unwelcome development for those who want to see the Italian brand’s new flagship, but it’s good news for those craving for a worthy successor of the Maserati GranTurismo because the company is reportedly delaying the Alfieri to create a new generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio.
But for now, here are four expectations we have about the Maserati Alfieri:
There is a New Lightweight Platform
Little is known about the Alfieri that will come out in 2020, but engineer Davide Danesin earlier announced that Maserati is developing a new platform that will allow the vehicle to be made out of lightweight material like aluminum. Both the Alfieri and the next-generation GranTurismo is expected to ride on a platform with a “more sporty architecture” than the Ghibli, Levante and Quattroporte.
It is Going to Come Close to the Ghibli
The platform that’s going to be used with the Alfieri won’t be all new. It will share bits and pieces, “some common basis,” with the Ghibli sedan. This move will likely reduce costs, as well as development time, reports suggest.
It Will Have a Rear-wheel Drive Layout
Originally, an all-wheel drive was being considered for the Alfieri, but Danesin clarified that this seems to be improbable. The next best thing is to create the Alfieri with an exclusive rear-wheel drive layout.
The Engine Will Likely Be a V6
Engine options for the Maserati Alfieri remains to be unconfirmed, although we are expecting it to be powered by a V6 engine that can produce 410, 450, and 520 horsepower, depending on the variant.
The Alfieri concept was first introduced at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, where it wowed the audience. Its production version was supposed to be released as early as 2016, but this was pushed back to 2018 according to a report. Now, it seems fans have to wait until the end of the decade to see the concept come to life.
Aston Martin may have already decided to stop using the glorious-sounding V-12 engine, but it is giving us something more to aspire for—the DB11 with a new 5.2-litre V-12 that shares bore centers with the old 5.9-litre engine.
But that is the only similarity between the old V-12 engine and the new power unit of the Aston Martin DB11. Everything else is new. It has an engine capable of 600 horsepower—60hp more than the DB9 GT—which would most likely help potential buyers to move on from the V-12.
The DB11 unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 can produce 516 lb-ft of torque, available from 1500 rpm to 5000 rpm. Compare this to the DB9’s max of only 457 lb-ft arrived at a lofty 5500 rpm, and you’ve got true power on your hands.
Aston Martin promises that the DB11’s engine can deliver lag-free response with one turbocharger and intercooler per bank. This can lead to cylinder deactivation as the engine shuts down a whole bank to become a 2.6-liter inline-six. It uses an eight-speed ZF automatic like on the Vanquish, with the power sent to the rear wheels through a torque-vectoring differential.
Dimensions of the DB11 are very similar to the Aston Martin DB9. The only difference is that the DB11 is 1.2 inches longer, 2.7 inches wider, and 0.3 inches higher. It also sits on a wheelbase that is 2.5 inches longer. The weight is also nearly identical at 3902 pounds, with the DB11 only being slightly 33 pounds lighter.
This is quite a conundrum since Aston Martin already said the new engine will be heavier, so the body’s shell mass is drastically reduced with the use of carbon fiber. In terms of interior, the DB11 has more space since it has almost usable rear seats compared to the DB9.
The Aston Martin DB11 will be priced at $214,820 in the United States. The first deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of this year.
Honda is expected to tease with previews of its 10th generation Civic hatchback during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next month. Those curious to see what the hatchback would look like should seek no further since we got some photos when Honda tested it on the road.
Although it was covered in camouflage, there was no padding so the design cues were reflected. It basically retains 80 percent of the DNA from the 10th generation Honda Civic sedan, so you know what to expect from the fenders down to the rear doors.
The hatchback will be launched in the first quarter of 2017 in Europe, but since this is a “global car,” expect it to arrive soon enough in the United States and other parts of the world.
By looking at the Civic sedan, you’ll immediately have an idea of how the hatchback would look in front. It would have the same radiator grille, huge chrome louver, the Honda “H” in the middle, the updated headlights, fog lights, and less dramatic corner vents. As for the hood, it looks like the hatchback would have the same one as the Civic coupe and sedan.
If you’re a fan of the mild body line from the front wheels to the rear taillights, then you would love that too about the hatchback. The difference between the sedan and the hatchback can be seen after the rear doors since the hatchback sports a dual exhaust outlet near the fascia in the middle.
Inside, it would probably be similar to the sedan and the coupe. There would be a light-colored floating center console, touchscreen display, and digital instrument cluster. The front and the rear seats would mostly be the same, but the rear deck would be gone for more cargo space.
No prices have been announced for the hatchback, although the current one sells for $20,067in the UK. Pricing may increase a bit because of the new design and extra length.
Below are some spy shots of the upcoming Honda Civic hatchback, which were provided by AutoBlog:
Next month’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show will showcase the convertible model of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class after it was lauded for its dynamics, styling and performance. So, it’s really not a surprise that execs are looking to add a larger range of models for this style.
Reports said the plan is an “open secret,” anyway, and customers will likely see the new convertible in showrooms later this year.
Mercedes said the C-Class Cabriolet will be a four-seater, although the rear seat will likely be tight. It will feature a soft fabric top like the Audi A5 Cabriolet. And unlike the BMW 4 series, it won’t make use of an elaborate retractable hardtop.
Aside from that, don’t expect major reinforcements. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will resemble its coupe counterpart. So far, the prototypes we have seen are impressive, but the major surprise would be the use of fabric top and nothing else.
There is not much information about the full list of engines, although the detail so far is that the C300 Cabriolet will have a 241-hp 2.0-liter four, and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet with a 503-hp 4.0-liter V-8.
The standard would be automatic transmissions. Other markets can likely have a more generous choice of powertrains such as diesels and manual transmission.
But in the United States, the car would come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in base C300 trim. Above this should sit a Mercedes-AMG C43 powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and at the top of the range should be the Mercedes-AMG C63 with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8.
The cabriolet’s price would be below of its bigger brother. It would definitely make it hard for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, whose new version won’t appear until mid 2017, to compete.
Rivals for this would be the Audi A5 Cabrio, BMW 4-Series Convertible, Infiniti Q60 Convertible and the expected Cadillac ATS.