The line-up of the luxury Maserati vehicles will be added by a brand-new SUV, which means that the Porsche Cayenne will soon have a very strong rival. Production of the Italian-shaped crossover is planned to begin at the Jefferson North assembly plant early next year.
The crossover is to be built on the Grand Cherokee platform. It is still unclear whether the Maserati will have the shorter wheelbase version of the platform or the longer version, which now underpins the Dodge Durango and is supposed to be used for the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The suspension will be a sophisticated independent system with the adaptive front and rear damping. The company's designers say that the Maserati SUV will not be that much off-road focused. The SUV will be designed with a 'patrician nose' and the 'wavy waistline,' in keeping with the Maseratis recent designs. The interior will boast Italian luxury with leather-upholstered seats and wood accents.
It was rumored earlier that the Maserati SUV would be powered by the Ferrari V8, but according to the latest data, it will get a Chrysler 465-hp HEMI 6.4-L V8. This is not surprising as HEMI gives more torque, which is better for the SUVs, and what is even more important, it already powers the Grand Cherokee SRT8. The Chrysler's engine will perfectly fit the Grand Cherokee-based crossover, and moreover, it'll help to keep the vehicle's cost down as Ferrari's engines are not that cheap.