Fiat and Chrysler are hard at work and as a part of these efforts, Fiat-owned Maserati planned an expansion of their lineup. One these models is a new Maserati SUV, which has just received more plans for its first US-made SUV at Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit.
The Maserati SUV is currently slated to run on the current Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, which is essentially a reworked Mercedes-Benz W164 M-Class chassis. However, despite the SUV’s German and American roots, Maserati is adamant about making their version of the SUV significantly different than its counterparts.
“It should be a real Maserati and not just another SUV,” said Fletcher. “A Maserati SUV goes in the right direction. It just needs to sit within the rest of the range.”
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The concept is pegged to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Interestingly enough, Maserati and Chrysler have past history of teaming up before. In the 1980s, Maserati was a hopelessly struggling manufacturer and as a part of attempting to expand their lineup back in the day, Maserati took a Chrysler LeBaron convertible and rebadged it as a Maserati TC. And the result was a complete and utter failure. However, times are different now and once again, Maserati and Chrysler has teamed up. Neither of the companies appear to be struggling so either way, it would be interesting to see the results.
Note: The picture above is just an artist rendering.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Automotive News