After being rumored for quite some time now, Maserati’s future SUV will make its world debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show as confirmed by CEO of Chrysler Group and Fiat, Sergio Marchionne. The model will be appearing as a concept, but will provide a good idea as to what to expect from the production version set to follow in 2013.

The new SUV will be built on a Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, but the power behind it is still a mystery. Marchionne revealed very little, saying that the SUV’s engine will be "a rock and roll engine," possibly in both V8 and V12 variants. It was first rumored to be loaded with a Ferrari-sourced V8 or V12 engine, but recent talks have nixed that notion. Now, the rumor mill is churning information about a Chrysler Hemi V8 with 465 HP, but no confirmations have been made. For Europe, there may even be a diesel engine, most likely a 3.0 twin turbo Fiat.

Whatever engine gets the chance to reside under the Maserati SUV’s hood, it should be ready to pounce on models like the Porsche Cayenne. The Cayenne, being the pioneer SUV of the performance-based automakers, has had its time to shine and may need to up the ante to battle with the upcoming competition.



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  (30) posted on 07.28.2011

I really don’t have the word to descrie it... Prefomence, engine, it doesn’t matter! it looks so good! It looks more beautiful then the other cars in the category (and a lot better then the cayenne)!

  (242) posted on 07.28.2011

Maserati is time to shine today! I may say that many car enthusiasts will be fascinated with this Maserati SUV! I just hope that they will impress us with it’s performance. Other than that, I wish them a good luck! Hope Frankfurt Motor Show event will succeed!@ smiley

  (372) posted on 07.28.2011

I don’t like the platform they’ve used on this one, and I’m not really fond of the said Motor Show. As far as I remember, it is the second time they created a concept of SUV, I hope the aftermarket version is considerable.

  (248) posted on 07.28.2011

haha. It seems that the Maserati wants to compete against the Porsche Cayenne instead of Cajun! Well, I guess this is not a small version SUV. If they have planned of using the v8 engine, I bet its power output would be less than the 400 hp. I wonder if they are going to debut the car along with the Lamborghini SUV or not?

  (449) posted on 07.28.2011

Wow! Along with the Lamborghini’s plan of building a SUV version, here it is the Maserati’s SUV concept. Well, I’m glad that they are offering other model aside from their usual sporstcar. The platform of Jeep is quite sporty and I bet it would be perfect for Maserati. I would love to see a powerful engine performance as well.

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