A reworked Mastretta MXT sports car will be revealed later this year, with plans to launch the Mexican brand in Europe from 2015 set to follow.
The Mastretta MXT was originally mooted for European launch last year. But plans were put on hold while the car was prepared for low-volume type approval and a new power unit was lined up to replace the Ford 2.0-litre Duratec initially used with cars sold in Mexico.
“The company needs to grow one step at a time, and the current focus is on the home and neighbouring markets,” said Steve Hindle, who is overseeing Mastretta’s European launch. “We also need to make sure the car has a niche to compete in when it launches.”
The current-spec MXT is on sale in South America, with production mooted at about 50 cars a year.
As well as a new powertrain - Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost unit, as found in the Focus ST - and updated front-end styling, the revised Mastretta is expected to be substantially lighter than the current car, weighing less than 1000kg.