We already know that Maserati will make its upcoming SUV -- which will be called either the Kubang or the Cinqueporte -- in Detroit, but now we know exactly where: reports show that the Maserati SUV will be partially built on an assembly line that once made the infamous Dodge Viper.
According to the Detroit Free Press, which cites plans announced to United Auto Workers Local 51, the Kubang will be largely built within the confines of Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit. That isn’t too surprising, considering the factory also produces both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, which share their WK2 platform with the Maserati.
Interestingly, it looks as if the final point of assembly for the new SUV will actually be the Mack Avenue Engine Plant, which is part of the sprawling Jefferson North complex, and the home to Viper production from 1992 through 1995. The number 2 line within that plant will allegedly be converted to install items Maserati-specific items, including interior, trim, and engine -- which may be the Ferrari-built 4.7-liter V-8 found in other Maserati offerings.
An unusual move, but perhaps a sound one. Installing these parts on a small, dedicated line allows the Kubang to be built with the same finesse and customization levels as the Quattroporte and GranTurismo. Better yet, it gives the plant a new lease on life. The number two line was originally headed for obscurity, as the 3.7-liter V-6 it presently builds is effectively obsolete, thanks to the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. According to the Free Press, building the Kubang in this fashion saves 150 jobs, and has the potential to create another 300 positions.
Source: Detroit Free Press