And now, something we have all been waiting for for a very long time, ever since Chrysler was taken over by Fiat, and Sergio Marchionne announced that a brand new Maserati SUV would be in the works. Enter the all new, production ready Maserati Kubang SUV.
Maserati has finally pulled the wraps off of the all-new Maserati Kubang SUV (not to be confused with the 2003 Maserati Kubang concept), which will compete against the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X6, and (despite a big price differential) the Infiniti FX, and it’s quite a looker. The Maserati Kubang rides on a platform that is based off of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango platform, which in turn is based off of the new Mercedes-Benz ML platform.
Despite the multinational underpinnings, Maserati says that everything about the Kubang is going to be pure Italian, from the style to the suspension, the engines, the refinement and the sportiness. Enginewise, they are definitely right, as the Kubang will be powered by more than one different engine that will be built at Maranello by Ferrari. Former Ferrari and Scuderia Ferrari engine designer Paolo Martinelli will be heading the development of Maserati’s new engines, to include every engine that will power the Kubang.
Word hasn’t been made official as to whether or not the Maserati Kubang will be built in Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant in Detroit, but all indications are pointing toward it right now. Considering the infamy of that plant, here’s hoping that it doesn’t diminish this Maserati’s cachet and panache.
Maserati promises that the Kubang SUV will not just be a one off model – rather, it will be the start of a whole new product line, rolling right alongside the Quattroporte and the Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio, flying right out of Maserati dealerships for awhile to come. Here’s hoping that they’re right.