Pictured here is the new 2013/2014 Maserati SUV concept, which has been often discussed but hasn’t received a name yet, but has now been revealed publicly for all to see.
The Maserati SUV concept is based off of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a fact which has caused a lot of controversy and a good number of foul words targeted at Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne in the enthusiast community. Sergio Marchionne has big plans for the Maserati brand, namely, a boost in annual sales from 5,600 units a year to over 50,000 units a year, and to do that, he’ll have to expand Maserati’s horizons and put out some new product. This is him doing both, and attempting to emulate the massive success of the Porsche Cayenne.
Most likely, this Italian-American SUV will be powered by Maserati’s 4.7 liter V8, which will be good for around 450 horsepower, and an 8-speed transmission will be putting that power to the ground. Unfortunately for Maserati, using that engine would mean that the Maserati SUV puts down less power than the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, which will be far cheaper than this will, but considering what the intended competition of this SUV is, expect there to be performance variants packing considerably more power.
In Europe, the Maserati SUV will also be available with a turbodiesel V6 that it will share with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it will be powered way up, from 240 horsepower to over 300 horsepower.
So how much should we expect to pay for this? Considering it’s a Porsche Cayenne competitor, expect it to hit at around the Porsche Cayenne S’s price range, but expect any performance variants to carry comparable price tags to the Cayenne Turbo and its other steroid-addled siblings.
The Maserati SUV will be built in Detroit at Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant, which has become known as the place where Chrysler employees were caught drinking and smoking marijuana on their lunch breaks not once, but twice. This has also been a point of contention among auto journalists and Maserati purists, but here’s hoping that Chrysler puts tighter reigns on their auto builders before the first Maserati SUV is built.