2014 Maserati Kubang – Cars of the Future – Car and Driver

2014 Maserati Kubang – Cars of the Future – Car and Driver


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What it is:

Maserati’s second attempt at building an SUV; the first was stillborn after it was shown as a concept in 2003. The Kubang will compete against luxury crossovers but will offer more exclusivity and Italian flair.

Why It Matters:

To sell cars in poorly paved areas like China, Russia and South America, Maserati will need something tougher than its sports cars.

Platform:

Fiat’s ownership of the Chrysler group means that Maserati has access to the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform. The Kubang will also be built alongside the Grand Cherokee in Detroit.

Strength training:

The Quattroporte will get a significantly revised 4.5-liter V-8 with a two-speed eight-speed manual later this year; that powertrain will also find its way into the Kubang. Direct fuel injection, along with a suspension system, will increase fuel economy and bring power to about 500 horsepower.

Competitions:

BMW X5 M, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, Porsche Cayenne.

What can go wrong:

Building a Maserati on a Jeep platform, at a Jeep factory, would compromise its brio.

Estimated Arrival and Price:

In late 2013, starting around $70,000 and rising rapidly to $90,000 with options.

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