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Maserati SUV Coming In A Few Years

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On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 12:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

Maserati SUV Coming In A Few Years

I wish that someone would poke a fork into the whole SUV/CUV/crossover trend and just end it all ready. But unfortunately, the closest we're going to get is putting a fork on an SUV, a trident to be specific. According to Car and Driver, Maserati will be the next high-end brand to build an SUV, following in the footsteps of Porsche, Alfa Romeo, and others.

The report says that Maserati will debut an SUV by 2014. The SUV will be developed at Chrysler HQ in Detroit and will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not much else is offered on the Maser jeep, but we don't have high hopes (Cayenne with a trident? No, thanks).

Thankfully, the report has at least some good news. The SUV will be part of a greater expansion that will also give us a second Maserati sedan, slotting underneath the Quattroporte. The model is being developed alongside a new Quattroporte by Pininfarina and Fiat Auto Centro Stile.

Maserati will offer two new engines: a 400-hp Multi-Air turbo Pentastar V-6 and a 300-hp V-6 turbodiesel.

Perhaps the most interesting news is that the next-generation of Maserati will take a little influence from its big brother. The 4RM four-wheel-drive system that Ferrari equipped to the FF—its first four-wheel drive ever—will be integrated as an option into both the new Quattroporte and the smaller Maserati sedan. The models are also expected to get upgraded with lighter components and more rear storage capacity.

The new Quattroporte will debut next year, with the smaller sedan debuting a year later.

Maserati's expansion is largely influenced by China, where the company—and Fiat SPA that owns it—hopes to make more inroads with the growing hordes of wealthy car buyers.


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