Imported from Detroit: Forthcoming Maserati SUV to be Built Alongside Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango
If a Maserati SUV wasn't heresy enough for you, just wait: according to Bloomberg, the new SUV -- slated to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show -- will be built here in Detroit, Michigan at Chrysler's Jefferson North assembly plant. That comes as no surprise, as the largest Maserati will be sharing its underpinnings with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, both which are built at Jefferson North.
The official announcement won't come until next month when the car is revealed, but would make logical sense given the lowered cost of shared tooling and that the U.S. market is likely to be one of the largest for the Maserati SUV.
Expect to see the same 4.7-liter V-8 from the Quattroporte and GranTurismo/GranCabrio to make its way under the hood, along with Chrysler's new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic. The V-8 should be good for 470 hp, but a 300-hp diesel variant using the Jeep's 3.0-liter V-6 available overseas could be in the cards for European customers as well.
Look for Maserati to set its crosshair directly at the Porsche Cayenne when it comes to competition for the new SUV. Pricing should be right in line with the German competition, starting somewhere north of around $90,000.
Make sure to check out our coverage on the Maserati SUV and all the debuts from the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.