Maserati Kubang unveiled at Detroit Auto Show; will be assembled in U.S. image

The Maserati Kubang concept, which was shown for the first time in September at the Frankfurt show, is making its North American debut in Detroit, the city in which it will be built.

Maserati hopes to sell about 20,000 a year of the SUV, mostly in the U.S. and China. The concept is now called the Kubang, but the vehicle will get a yet-to-be-revealed new name before it enters production (Cinqueporte ?).

The shorty story on the Kubang is that it shares a platform with the latest Jeep Grand Cherokeeand Dodge Durango, but features a unique body designed at the Maserati Style Center headed by Lorenzo Ramaciotti.

While still at the prototype stage, little else is known about the true performance. A good idea would be to take the Quatroporte and add a few seconds, few pounds to the overall numbers.

The company said the SUV on display is generally similar to the production vehicle on the outside, though the interior will see more changes before it’s completed.

Maserati’s global sales hit 2465 in 2011, a gain of 21 percent compared to a year prior. North America remains the brand’s most important market, with sales growing here 10 percent year-over-year in 2011.