That will change soon as the SUV previewed in the Kubang concept (above) approaches production, which will take place in Italy. Originally, the brand had planned to build its luxury SUV alongside the Grand Cherokee, but strong demand for the American soft-roader kept it from happening.
Expected to launch in the first half of 2015, Maserati will offer both the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 410 hp and a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with 530 hp while the European market will also be offered a diesel option.
Expect an eight-speed automatic transmission and a version of the all-wheel drive system currently found in the Quattroporte. Maserati will draw on the Jeep brand’s off-road expertise as well, but the vehicle will be pavement biased with an interior close in quality to the Quattroporte.
Last year, Maserati sold roughly 7,000 units, but the brand is aiming to increase its volume to as much as 50,000.
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