Maserati
is moving ahead with its plans to bring a trident-branded sport-utility vehicle into the world. Reportedly set to debut in Frankfurt later this year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee-based SUV will be built at Chrysler's Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit. That's right, an Italian-blooded sport-ute is set to be pieced together right here in the Motor City.

Since the Grand Cherokee got a stylish update, we don't expect Maserati to have much difficulty in making it look even better. Also, whatever motivation lies under the hood should make great noises and provide more than suitable power.

Take notice, Porsche Cayenne owners.


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      PeriD
      • 3 Years Ago
      yeah, ask Porsche if they're complaining about the Cayenne sales. That cars massive popularity is what allows them to spend R&D money on real sports cars like the 918 Spyder, which I don't think anyone on here was complaining about. As long as you can still buy a 911 or a cayman s with a 6 speed in the same dealership, why is this a bad thing? As far as the "built in Detroit" thing, the X5 being built in SC and the M-Class in Alabama has not slowed the sale of those vehicles any. Lastly, the 2011 Jeep (which I own) is a fantastic starting point for the ML and this Masi. It doesn't sound like they're going to just put a Masi grill on an SRT8 grand cherokee, I'm sure maserati will have plenty of tuning and aesthetic touches for their SUV. The money they save by not having to start from scratch will be huge for a smaller company like them. Win for Detroit, win for Maserati, win for the consumer. Stop b-tching.
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where are the anti bailout monkeys, much props Sergio for making Chrysler relevant.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darkness
        Those idiots are still out there trying to come up with a similar nickname for Chrysler as Government Motors is for GM. They're clever. At least they think they are.
      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche/VW hardly had experience building capable SUVs when they introduced the Cayenne/Tourag...yet both vehicles are successes to their brands. Jeep is much more capable company when it comes to true SUVs so I expect the Maserati SUV to be better than the competition. I also don't think it matters much if the vehicle is built in Detroit or Italy.
        Duk3ofN3rd5
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Neighbor: Oh, cool, you got a new SUV? What is it? You: It is a Maserati, you know, they use the Ferrari engine and F-1 Cambiocorsa transmission, sounds really sweeeeeet!! Neighbor: Wow, must be expensive? You: Oh, yeah, it cost me over a $100 grand. Neighbor: Wow, cool, was it made in Italy? You: ... ... ..., ah, Detroit? Neighbor: ... ... Don't matter huh?
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think many people are complaining that Maserati is doing an SUV, and since I too am no fan of SUVs, I'm not particularly thrilled. However, realistically speaking, when you look at the Fiat empire, they don't have a luxo-SUV to go up against the offerings from Porsche and Audi as well as Land Rover or even BMW or M-B. The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes closest, but it doesn't have the same cachet or pricetag as other vehicles in this class. So from a business perspective, I can see why they want to enter that segment, and if they are going to enter it anyways, it would be definitely nice to have those jobs come to the US. Also, an SUV Maserati is going to be a very rare vehicle - its not going to be like every other POS sport utility clogging our road ways and wasting our gas. If you see one a month, that might be considered a lot.
      canuckcharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do people who bought a top ranging Cayenne (100K plus) care that its based on the toureg and built in the same factory? As long as this grand cherokee based Maserati SUV has soul (ferrari engine maybe?), beautiful italian styled exterior/interior, it will do ok.
        Artemiy Pavlov
        • 3 Years Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        The thing is it's the other way around, the platform was developed by Porsche (both 1st and 2nd gen), so Touareg is based on Cayenne.
          Não Pirilamparás
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Artemiy Pavlov
          No, it was developed jointly by a team of 300 engineers of Porsche and Volkswagen. The team was based at Porsche, but that means nothing because it had people from both companies working on it. Source: wikipedia.
      TahsinZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Imported from Detroit" was the first thing that came to mind
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see some comments that are essentially knocking the new Jeep GC and that the Trident People are crazy for wanting to build an SUV on it. Perhaps reading or watching some reviews on the new GC is in order - it is an exceptional vehicle. Not good, not pretty good, every review has been "This is awesome!" And don't forget the performance is already there to be put to good use (SRT8 anyone?). With all that said I could see where it could go horribly wrong. I could see them making a fancy pants version that doesn't really get you anything other than a badge with some different sheet metal and the cost going up by 20 grand. But if they really make a faster, prettier, more elegant version then that would be a total win!
      kylen20
      • 3 Years Ago
      who could have guessed that all the people commenting would call this blasphamy. as is everyone here is a purist maserati owner upset about dwindeling brand image. A) please excuse sergio for benifiting from his new business partnership. I guess they should just make the Grand Cherokee based maserati SUV in Maseratis current SUV production faculity in Modena.... what do you mean they dont have one.... what do you mean they dont even make an SUV..... I dont care if there is already an established production faculity in Detroit making the exact same basic vehicle, please people get over yourself, the profit potential is huge on selling an upfitted GC for 20k more. B) The grand cherokee srt8 hangs with preformance SUV's that have nearly 100 more HP, its not as if this is a wrangler solid axel frame they are putting a mercedes body on. This is a Mercedes derived unibody fram fully independant suspension SUV that properly fitted hangs with the best while at the same time in the other direction can do some serious off roading (not the SRT8)
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cuz that's what the world needs. Another luxury SUV. Nevermind the current gas prices. >rolls eyes<
        Steve Ort
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        Just because you can't afford one, doesn't mean the ones who can should be denied owning what they want.
        Não Pirilamparás
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        Your reasoning is right, but Porsche, Audi, MB and BMW don't seem to mind their sales numbers…
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        Fail is right. You don't even know that biturbo was not a Chrysler/Maserati product.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      notafan
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh god no. it just not right. leave the SUV's to mass market mfg. I love Jeeps but Jeep and Maserati should never bementioned in the same sentence. fail.
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