Long rumored, Automotive News is reporting that Maserati will show an all-new SUV at this fall's Frankfurt Motor Show that would be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and use the brand's 4.7-liter V-8. The addition of the SUV is all part of the brand's plan to grow in the coming years.
The Maserati SUV -- based on our past reporting, we have a pretty good idea of how and why it is coming to fruition. The Italian brand is looking to increase sales from around 5600 units last year to a healthy 50,000 units in the long-term. Porsche saw huge success with its Cayenne sport-utility vehicle, and Maserati will be following suit by tapping corporate cousin Chrysler for its SUV expertise. We've long heard a Maserati crossover based off the Grand Cherokee is in the works, and Automotive News now says it should launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
If only by technicality, past reports of Ferrari-sourced power will be correct. The primary engine for the car is expected to be the 4.7-liter,Ferrari-derived V-8 currently used in the Quattroporte and GranTurismo/GranCabrio, albeit tuned to around 470 hp and mated to Chrysler's new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. There is also a chance that European customers will also be able to opt for a 300-hp version of the 3.0-liter diesel V-6 used in the EU-spec Grand Cherokee. No word on pricing, but ANreports that it will run "considerably more" than the [euro]63,800 starting price of the European Grand Cherokee Overland. Will it look anything like the 2004Kubang concept? We sure hope not.
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