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Maserati Kuba design study – Click above for high-res image gallery

It was only a few years ago, but how quickly we forget. Maserati actually toyed with the idea of building a crossover back in 2003, even going so far as to unveil a concept for the project called the Kubang GT Wagon at the Detroit Auto Show. The shape was penned by Giugiaro's ItalDesign, but project was scrapped, preserving the Trident marque's chastity in the eyes of many a purist. Now, an ambitious designer out of Russia has revived the idea with a concept he calls the Kuba. Sound familiar?

The brainchild of Andrey Trofimchuk Simeonych, the Maserati Kuba design study is, well...an intriguing take on what a Maserati crossover could look like. Only it doesn't share any design themes with any Masers we can think of. Nor does it have any theoretical specifications attached, though surely a platform and powertrain could be found from the growing Fiat/Chrysler automotive empire.

To our eye, it would look more suitable as a vision for what a future aircraft-engined Veritas sport-ute could look like, or maybe even a weird Citroën concept of some sort (is there any other kind?). Then again, maybe not. It's a love-it-or-hate-it affair, so have a look for yourself in the high-res image gallery below and share your impressions in our comments section. Just don't shoot the messenger.

[Source: CarDesign.ru]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's certainly... ...unique...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Send one to my house
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kill it with fire!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting, but not pretty. The 1956 reverse-slant A-pillar is an odd choice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, it's not appealing, but it's at least consistent with the leading edge of the hood, which is strongly reminiscent of the 55-57 GM cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks like something my butt would poop out, like I just pooped my whole butt out or something. I dislike it? :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the IROC-Z inspired rear quarter panel - where the tire has half the tread pattern exposed to throw up rocks and road grime directly onto the paint.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is why the Russians bought TVR; tell me that doesn't look like it could be a 2011 Sagaris and I will show you a liar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know... it has a kind of a funky, latter-day Chevy Nomad vibe to it.

      Wouldn't call it "ugly". Guess it's in the eye of the beholder.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ugly as hell and the design has nothing to do with maserati
        • 5 Years Ago
        No kidding...the first thing I thought of when I saw this was 2020 Mini.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Ugly as hell" is right!!! Nuff said...i dont even want to read into the post
      • 5 Years Ago
      The rear 3/4 view is not quite hideous. It's the only view that's not, however.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Front is ugly as sin, but the wraparound screen is a nice retroness, and the sides ain't so bad either.

      However, there's no real feeling of the Trident here, which is a pity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say keep studying, kid....
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