We have pretty much covered the four-year product plan for the American half of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA); now we turn our attention to the Italian half, starting with Maserati.
It’s been more than four years since the global financial crisis hit, yet the Fiat Group is still taking a serious beating in Europe. The Italian automaker is betting a lot on Maserati to help it get back on its feet and has put into motion the biggest product expansion in the brand’s history. Here is what to expect:
- The Levante, Maserati’s first-ever SUV, will launch in 2015. It will be offered with two V6 engines, three diesels, and one range-toping V8.
- Shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Alfieri Coupe Concept will be produced and will arrive in 2016, with convertible version joining it one year later. The base model will have 410 horsepower V6 engine, while all-wheel-drive models will give buyers the choice of either a 450 hp V6 or a 520 hp V6.
- The GranTurismo will remain unchanged until it is completely redesigned in 2018.
If all goes according to plan, Maserati will have six models (Ghibli, Quattroporte, Levante, Alfieri Coupe, Alfieri Cabriolet and GranTurismo) in its lineup, compared to the four it currently has. The company hopes to increase sales from 15,400 units in 2013 to 75,000 units in 2018, a fivefold increase.
Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder Drops Its Top For Summer
The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder has been revealed just in time for summer.
The convertible version of the Huracán EVO features the same upgrades as the coupe, including a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 that delivers 640 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, a vehicle dynamic control system, and aerodynamic enhancements.
More than 250 pounds heavier than the coupe, the Huracán EVO Spyder is only 0.2 seconds slower to 62 mph (100 km/h) with a sprint of 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). It boasts the new Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale 2.0 system, which offers “next-generation vehicle dynamic control” by utilizing a set of accelerators and gyroscope sensors located in the car’s crenter of gravity to monitor real-time lateral, longitudinal and vertical accelerations, as well as roll, pitch and yaw rate.
Both the coupe and Spyder also feature rear-wheel steering and four-wheel torque vectoring, taking advantage of the vehicle dynamic control system. Interestingly, the convertible Evo boasts five times as much downforce as the original Huracán Spyder despite having a soft top.
Exterior updates include a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a new exhaust system that’s placed higher in the rear bumper, and new 20” Aesir wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires, while the interior houses a new 8.4” HMI touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder goes on sale in spring 2019 with a starting price of $287,400 in the United States.
Mercedes-Benz SL Roadsters Get Grand Edition Treatment
Unique exterior details and an enhanced interior are what you get with this posh luxury package.
The current Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has been around since 2013, and with a new model expected to arrive in 2021, Stuttgart has decided to give it a grand sendoff with the SL Grand Edition.
Available on the SL 450 and 550, the Grand Edition package includes a Graphite Grey exterior paint with high-gloss chrome and matte silver accents and exclusive AMG forged 10-spoke two-tone wheels with 19-inch rims up front and 20 inches out back.
Inside, both models are outfitted with the Mercedes-Benz’s ‘designo’ leather. The seats are adorned with Tundra Brown Pearl leather with diamond quilting and Golden Olive Pearl piping and have SL Grand Edition branding embroidered on the headrests.
The steering wheel is also covered by the premium leather, though the grip areas make due with perforated black Nappa leather instead.
Mercedes didn’t say how many SL Grand Edition models it will build, or how much each will cost, but deliveries begin sometime in 2020.
Buick Cascada Convertible Is Dead After 2019, And It Likely Won’t Return
It was virtually invisible, so no one is going to miss it.
Buick has confirmed that the Cascada convertible will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, so act fast if you still want one.
Rumors of the Cascada’s demise began popping up in late 2018 when Opel — which was formerly owned by General Motors — announced plans to stop building its version of the car in Poland. The model had reached the end of its product life cycle, so many questioned its fate.
“The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in [six of every 10] buyers from outside GM,” a Buick spokesperson told . Buick sold about 17,000 examples of the Cascada since adding the model to its portfolio for the 2016 model year, a measly figure that isn’t surprising considering the little advertising its received.
Production ends in the summer of 2019, and with Opel now owned by Peugeot and the convertible segment experiencing a perceptible decline all over the world, the odds of the Cascada being replaced in North America are slim to none.
The Cascada won’t be the only Buick to get the ax in 2019 — the LaCrosse full-size sedan will join it.