We’ve been drowning in rumors about a Maserati SUV for a little while now - ever since the Maserati Kubang Concept came out in 2003 - so the thought of some semi-concrete evidence was rather inviting. A few months ago, the new Maserati SUV was finally confirmed by the brand, who set a launch for sometime in 2012. That confirmation was followed with rumors of a Ferrari-sourced engine, but as it turns out, Top Gear is hearing that Chrysler will actually be the ones powering the bulkier Maserati.

CEO of Chrysler Group and Fiat, Sergio Marchionne had said that the new SUV would carry a "rock and roll engine," possibly in both V8 and V12 variants. Current rumors suggest that the engine will actually be a Chrysler Hemi V8 with 465 HP and more torque than the original option. This engine will also fit better in the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee platform they have already confirmed for the Maserati model. Now, the future SUV will only be Italian on the badge, as the engine and chassis will be American made at Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant. This should bode well for the SUV, since having a Ferrari engine would have undoubtedly hiked up the price.

Expect to see the official launch of the Maserati SUV at one of the major auto shows in 2012.

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Source: TopGear

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10 comments:

  (419) posted on 07.6.2011

So, what’s up with this one? The first thing that I have read about it, they got everything mixed up. But now, it seems that they are really gunning for it. Good luck to them.

  (570) posted on 06.24.2011

Well, its not that surprising at all. Because on the first place, we all know that Maserati was into luxury cars and BMW is known for it. Ferrari’s can give a better results for high powered cars.

  (429) posted on 06.24.2011

Yeah, I think they got their info all mixed up. The title says that it’s Chevrolet, but the whole article says that it’s Chrysler. So what really is it? I am very confused.

  (594) posted on 06.24.2011

@Hovo23 it’s actually Chrysler, since both companies are under one parent group. They probably had their details mixed up. Anyway, this is really something that I got to see.

  (399) posted on 06.24.2011

Yeah, I agree on you. And I think its a good decision as well with the Maserati seeing it collaborate with other car brand aside Ferrari. Well, I do hope that this car would sell like hot cakes just similar with their other model.

  (399) posted on 06.24.2011

Yeah, I agree on you. And I think its a good decision as well with the Maserati seeing it collaborate with other car brand aside Ferrari. Well, I do hope that this car would sell like hot cakes just similar with their other model.

  (434) posted on 06.24.2011

OH! Is Maserati have a feud with the Ferrari? Well,if Chrysler would supply the engine it seems that we can expect a good production from them! I really want to see this car uses a more modern technology like the V12 and see the boost in its power.

  (580) posted on 06.23.2011

Well, if that’s the case, then it would actually be just fine with me. After all, Chevy’s engines are actually also very good. But I hope that they can also develop their own engines.

  (502) posted on 06.23.2011

Hmm, I am not sure whether or not this one would be a good news, but both companies do have their own set of advantages. Well, maybe we’ll just see this one to find out.

  (3) posted on 06.22.2011

So is it a Chevrolet or Chrysler cuz I know Chevy doesnt make Hemi and u guys keep saying Chrysler, Jeep, Chevy has nothing to do with ferrari Maserati or Fiat.

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