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4x4 for Frankfurt: Maserati to Show New SUV

Donny Nordlicht
Jul 27, 2011
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.
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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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Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)
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