Report: Chrysler to produce Grand Cherokee based Maserati SUV in 2013 at Jefferson plant

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Earlier this month Chrysler and Fiat CEO confirmed that Maserati will be getting an SUV based on the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Marchionne has now said Chrysler will begin production of the premium Maserati SUV in 2013, which will be sold in markets around the world. The Maserati SUV will use the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s underpinnings and will be assembled at the Chrysler’s  Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit.

“This is just a great architecture,” Marchionne said. “Why wouldn’t I put a Maserati on it?”

That means that the Maserati SUV will be built alongside the Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. Marchionne said that the production of the SUV could possibly create the need to hire workers for a third shift at the Chrysler plant.

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Refresher: The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will go on sale next month and will be available 3 models: Laredo, Limited and Overland. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4×2 model starts at $30,995, while the 4×4 Grand Cherokee Laredo model starts at $32,995. Prices for the 2011 Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4 start at $39,995, while the Overland 4×4 model start at $42,995. All models will be powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 unit making 290-hp delivering up to 23 mpg and over 500 miles on one tank of gas. Optional features include a 360-hp 5.7L V8 and a Trailer Tow Group.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: WSJ