Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Group and Fiat, announced that Maserati’s future SUV will make its world debut in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The concept vehicle at the show, will provide a good idea as to what to expect from the production version set to follow in 2013.
The Maserati SUV will be built on the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform but will utilize a different engine. Marchionne revealed that the SUV will feature a “rock and roll engine”, whatever that means. It has been rumoured that the Maserati may feature a Ferrari-sourced V8 or V12, but that has recently been ruled out. The most recent rumour is that of a Chrysler HEMI V8 with 465-hp being used, but nothing is certain. Europe will most likely receive a diesel variant, possibly with a 3.0-liter twin turbo Fiat engine. The engine choice will be a vital and strategic move for Maserati, in order to take on the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5/X6 and Range Rover.
[Source: Top Speed]