Maserati Kubang Concept Reportedly Detroit Bound


2012 Maserati Kubang

If you missed Maserati’s take on what an SUV should look like at the Frankfurt Auto Show, you’ve got another chance to see it in the flesh. The Maserati Kubang concept will make its North American debut at next month’s Detroit Auto Show.

The Detroit Free Press confirms that the Kubang will be on display at the show, even though Maserati spokesman Jeffrey Ehoodin declined to name the concept SUV that Maserati would exhibit in Detroit. Unless Maserati is really good at keeping secrets, we seriously doubt it has two SUVs currently under development, though a name change may be in order.

The Kubang, rumored to be headed for production in 2013, will share a platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango, but will be powered by Maserati-designed engines built by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy. Per Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, final assembly of such a vehicle would take place in Detroit.

Maserati will be holding a press conference within the Fiat-Chrysler stand during the Detroit Auto Show, and we wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it was to announce that production of the Maserati Kubang has been given a green light.

Whether you love the idea of a performance-based SUV or hate it, there’s no denying that the best selling vehicle in Porsche’s lineup is the Cayenne SUV. There’s clearly a market, and Maserati would be foolish not to tap into it.

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