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Maserati's Kubang SUV - more details

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We covered Maserati's new sport luxury SUV prior to the announcement at IAA in Frankfurt earlier this week, but there's now a bit more info plus a lot more pics and detail available.

Maserati showed a Giugiaro-styled SUV named the Kubang (after a Javan wind) in Detroit in 2003 in response to the then new Porsche Cayenne.

They've kept the name, and the basis of the vehicle will be the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the engine, suspension, steering and brakes will be Maserati and the Jeep styling makeover has been conducted under the eye of Maserati's Lorenzo Ramaciotti.

The new Maserati Kubang
The new Maserati Kubang

The car will also come with a choice of several new Maserati engines designed by ex-Ferrari F1 engine designer Paolo Martinelli, and will be produced in Maranello by Ferrari.

The new Maserati Kubang
The new Maserati Kubang

The transmission will be an AT eight-speed auto and the suspension, brakes and steering components will also be developed in Modena by the Maserati Product Development Department.

The Kubang is still expected to be built in Detroit as per the article earlier in the week.

Interestingly, the original Kubang was to be powered by a Chrysler Hemi V8. Giugaro did a nice job IMHO. That's it below.

The Giugaro-styled 2003 Kubang concept
The Giugaro-styled 2003 Kubang concept

6 comments
Blixdevil
That \"original\" (whatever is pictured at the bottom) Kubang is absolutely hideous. Thank god they changed it because what they ended up with is beautiful. Otherwise it would have been an embarrassment to Maserati and Jeep alike.
CleverName
Are you kidding! The original is somewhat tasteful -remember this is supposed to be a Maserati, not some stupid 4wd concept of the future. The new design looks like a chopped Nissan Murano.
Muraculous
Design by committee NEVER works. If they must have an SUV for customers to migrate to, they did the right thing: An SUV was (and should be) a truck, with height, grunt and no apologies for spotting the odd set of female legs while stuck in traffic.
FastGuy
Quick Draw McGraw has one on order. El Kubang!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEnmfqZNG6M
Adrien
why???
Bill Bennett
FastGuy... Nice,, would like to clean the spit off my monitor? thanks that was hilarious