CARandDRIVER have recently spoke to Robert Allan, Maserati’s director of product planning. And in their little sit down, C/D learned that the production version of the Maserati Kubang Concept SUV will not use the original concept’s name.
Recently, Maserati was caught filing trademarks for four names: Ghibli, Milia, Cinqueporte, and Levante. Though according to C/D, Ghibli is the least likely name to be given to Maserati’s future SUV. Cinqueporte has a distinct possibility as it translates into “five-door,” and in relevance, Maserati’s flagship sedan stands for “four-door,” Quattroporte.
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However, C/D also predicts that the “Levante” name has a chance at being attached to the production Kubang, despite other outlets reporting that Levante will be used for Maserati’s up and coming mid-sized sedan. But ultimately, C/D disclosed that there’s also the possibility that none of the four recently trademarked names will be used.
Either way, Allan apparently told C/D that Maserati is on track to debut the production Kubang by 2014 and will feature Ferrari-based Maserati V8. Assembly will take place at Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, alongside the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
At this point, Allan also disclosed that the production Kubang is currently in the midst of suspension and chassis research and development.
– By: Chris Chin