Maserati 450 bhp SUV to be based on Jeep Grand Cherokee
Two years ago, the U.S. Treasury helped to broker an arranged marriage between the Daimler-jilted Chrysler and an unlikely Italian suitor in the form of the Fiat Group of companies. Even before consummation it was clear that we would see all manner of cross-brand rebadging amongst the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, Abarth, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari branches of the new extended family, and so it has come to pass. It's been known for some time that Fiat's highly-successful commercial range will be sold in the United States under the Dodge brand and now comes the news that Maserati will announce an SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show that is based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The spilling of the beans on the new Jeep-Maserati offspring comes from a truly unlikely source. Leading automotive industry publication Automotive News Europe has produced an on-line handbook for the Frankfurt Motor Show which opens this week, and inside, there's a picture and details of the new Maserati SUV concept.
The Automotive news rundown indicates that the Maserati"concept" is expected to go on sale in 2013, and will be built on a Chrysler production line alongside the Grand Cherokee in Detroit.
The new Maserati is no doubt hoped to emulate the success of Porsche's upmarket Cayenne SUV and is likely to be powered by Maserati's 450 bhp 4.7 litre V8 running through a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. For the emission-conscious European public, the Maserati SUV might also be available as a 3.0 litre diesel V6.
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I\'m hoping it\'s one of those magazine \"pictures\" and not how the actual thing is gonna look as this is it\'s sort of a Cayenne fitted with a Maserati front.
Anyway afaik the current Grand Cherokee is based upon an M-class Mercedes which make the car not only ugly as hell but also like the automotive equivalent of a questionable cocktail that may taste fine but will cause a hang over.
As for Chrysler vehicles having the worst quality, Mr. Agland, Fiat addressed that particular issue by implementing their World Class Manufacturing System in all of Chrysler\'s plants, including Jefferson North Assembly, where the Jeep Grand Cherokee is built.
I can see the same type of people who bought 8mpg Hummers and Porsche Cayenne vehicles to drive to the grocery store buying the Chrysler \"Maserati\" SUV\'s.
To say that Fiat has dramatically improved design, engineering, and build control at the Chrysler plants in the past 24 months is to have no conception of manufacturing and plant operations. It took Ford more than 20 years to affect meaningful improvements with its Jaguar manufacturing operations.
Why can\'t they or anyone build a large, light weight SUV (Less than 4,000 lbs) with a high output Turbo V6 Diesel AND sell it in the US! Maybe a flat 4 turbo diesel in the rear and 2 electric hub motors up front? Nobody wants to Pioneer a market but I guess you can\'t when the people making decisions can only see as far their next bonus.