Earlier in November 2010, reports said that the Maserati SUV’s production will start from 2013 at the Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit. This is what was confirmed by the Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA CEO Sergio Marchionne.
During that time, it was decided that the Maserati SUV will get its power from an engine designed by Ferrari.
Besides, the SUV was already planned to be built on the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform. However, the plans have now changed.
As per the article published by Top Gear, this new SUV will boast a 6.4 liter Chrysler HEMI V8 engine from the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. The engine produces a whopping 465 horsepower. Well, there is a reason that forced the automaker to change its decision from Ferrari to Chrysler.
As per the reports, HEMI engine gives more torque, which is better for this type of vehicles. But, the problem was of HEMI that’s found comfortable to use despite of using Ferrari engine which is quite expensive. So HEMI perfectly fits the bill and the SUV doesn’t intended to become an off-roading king alike the Jeep Grand Cherokee. On the other hand, the Maserati SUV has received a suitable independent chassis that offers soft damping option from both front and rear.
Maserati SUV can be found cruising on the roads in late 2013, accordingly targeted for a 2014 model year.
By Sunita Mandal