• Jan 13, 2011
Ferrari's high-revving powerplants are the beating heart of any of its road or racing cars, but the Prancing Horse's own aren't the only vehicles to carry Ferrari engines. Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and countless Formula One teams have benefited from Maranello's powertrain expertise. But an SUV made in Detroit? Has the rapidly integrating Fiat-Chrysler empire lost the plot?

The alliance's chief executive Sergio Marchionne has big plans for Jeep that includes building a Maserati version of the new Grand Cherokee right here in the good ol' U-S-of-A, at the Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit. With Jeep underpinnings, though, the lingering question has been whether the Trident-badged model would come across as more Italian in character or more American.

According to reports, Marchionne is adamant that the Maserati SUV will carry an engine designed (if not necessarily built) by Ferrari. The high-riding application may be a first for a Ferrari engine, but if arch-rival Lamborghini could port the Countach's V12 into the LM002, we suppose anything's possible.

[Source: CNN Money via Motor Authority]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I literally can't come up with the words for how much awesome potential there is here.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So do you take it to the local Ferrari Maserati dealer for engine service and the Jeep dealer for all other? Given the low volume, I wouldn't want the tech who looks at pentastar V6's all day anywhere near my jeep with lipstick as the only one he's likely ever seen was during his afternoon of training. What exactly is the appeal of a Maserati Jeep that will need far more servicing than its fully sufficient Hemi powered cousin?

      Have they forgotten the glorious Maserati TC?
      • 3 Years Ago
      But does it have a HEMI?
      • 3 Years Ago
      "With Jeep underpinnings, though, the lingering question has been whether the Trident-badged model would come across as more Italian in character or more American"

      Aren't the basic underpinnings of the new Grand Cherokee actually German? I thought it was more closely related to the Mercedes Benz GL platform?

      Italian motor and sheetmetal, German platform, made in the USA? It could work
        • 3 Years Ago
        MB's ML platform actually majorly developed by jeep engineers. It's a co-develop program. but what people realize It's the opposite way....
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I want to scream sacrilege I would like to see how this turns out. And what price point it hits because if its properly priced it would give the cayenne turbo a run for its money. I just hope its gorgeous like the gran turismo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Filed under, "Believe it when I see it"...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm liking this thing more and more every day.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm trying to picture a Quattroporte "morphed" into an SUV... and it actually works. The front of the Quattroporte could be nearly unchanged and still look great on an SUV. The rear is the difficult part. How many SUVs have memorable rears? Yeah, none because there's really only one way to do the rear on an SUV: two lights and a door. Maybe a mild (very mild) X6 type styling would help keep Maserati's sporting/exotic feel. Or something like a Lexus RX where the glass sweeps down. I know no one likes sacrificing utility... but we're discussing a Maserati SUV. Utility went away a long time ago.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No. The answer is still no. I don't care if Porsche did it. And I don't care if they've reaped any financial benefit from it. The day they made that decision, they died a little for me, and lost my respect. They compromised themselves. They caved, they followed the converted and dressed-up work truck trend trying to pass as a trendy ride, something I hope is finally starting to die out. Stick to your roots, and no slumming. Flame away.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche makes a pretty darn good SUV and the last gen GC SRT8 never looked out of place indirectly competing against it. A GC-based Maserati doesn't sound out of place at all.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed... an SRT-8 with Maserati sheetmetal, and a Ferrari Sourced V8 like the ones Maserati currently uses sounds pretty enticing... I just wonder if it won't be based of the Durnago's stretched version of the platform to properly fit in the long wheel base category of its rivals (GL550, etc...) That leaves room for Maserati to come in at a lower price point to compete with the X5 and MLs later or let another brand like Alfa Romeo do that...

        The real question for me is now that Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep share a showroom... and Ferrari and Maserati share a showroom, when and where will Fiat and Alfa Romeo come into the picture??? Will Alfa be Ferrari and Maserati's volume brand and share their dealership network and possibly be the Volume Luxury brand like Jaguar, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, etc.???

        Questions yet to be answered...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Alex, you are absolutely right. However, the Mercedes dealers that are approved Maybach dealers do provide that ... And if you look at where those Maybach approved MB dealers are, you will find they are not far off from where Ferrari/Maserati has their showrooms.

        Fiat has already said they are looking to enter the market once they stabilize the Mopar group. Alfa Romeo's test run with the Ferrari/Maserati dealers was the Alfa 8C...

        I remember it was either Forbes or Bloomberg that stated Alfa would have a product line enter only after Maserati's models lineup is revamped and increased...

        Although I don't like the lengthy timeline, it sounds pretty honest and realistic compared to the wishful thinking we hear alot of...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Have they actually announced that Alfa Romeo and Fiat will be coming to the US in anything more than a limited capacity (i.e. more than just a single car like the Fiat 500 that can be sold in Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep)? I haven't been paying that much attention to them, and was under the impression that alfas and fiats would just be rebadged to one of the American companies with maybe some sheet metal changes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't see Ferrari/Maserati dealers being too interested in carrying a "volume" badge. Both a Ferrari and a Maserati command a level of service and catering not found in even a BMW or Jaguar/Land Rover dealership. There is a certain intangible quality to a Ferrari/Maserati dealership that would be lost.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Heard its getting a V12 from a pretty reliable source
      • 3 Years Ago
      Engines have never been Pentastar's problem...its always been the cheap ass transmission that gets chewed up and spit out by too much force. If the transmission can handle the power - then I'll be interested, until then I'm betting its a fail.
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