Kubang concept shows future Maserati SUV

  • 25-Oct-2011 02:13 EDT
479906__dsc7098.jpg

Beneath the stylish SUV body lies a Jeep Cherokee chassis for the Frankfurt Kubang SUV concept. (Newspress)

There were no fanfares and no advance press notices from Maserati for the Kubang concept ahead of its appearance at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, perhaps because we had seen it all before. That is to say we have seen a Kubang concept SUV from Maserati before, at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

But times have changed for the company and owners Fiat. The Kubang that appeared at Frankfurt a few weeks ago gave Maserati an opportunity to call on the disparate parts of the new Fiat Empire to show how a premium sport SUV might look and where the parts might be drawn from.

Behind the familiar shark’s mouth grille was a sleek five-door SUV body, perhaps looking like the car that the BMW X6 might have wished it had been. Beneath the sculpted exterior lurks a Jeep Cherokee chassis. Conscious that this might not convey the kind of chassis sophistication that is a given from the Porsche Cayenne, Maserati was keen to point out that the Kubang’s dynamics will be Italian through and through.

The Maserati Style Center, under the direction of Lorenzo Ramaciotti, is credited with the Kubang concept’s lines. Paolo Martinelli, head of the Maserati Powertrain Department, will be responsible for designing the engine. Before that, he was a Ferrari insider for 30 years, including time as engine chief of the F1 racing team.

Maserati has given no details of the engines, but a development of the current Modena 4.2- and 4.7-L V8s would appear likely. Maserati suggests there will be more than one choice, referring to “new-generation high-tech Maserati proprietary engines.”

The drivetrain will incorporate an eight-speed automatic transmission. This, as well as suspension, brakes, and steering, will be developed in Modena by the Maserati Product Development Department specifically for the Kubang. As Maserati said at Frankfurt, these elements will be 100% Maserati.

Share
HTML for Linking to Page
Page URL
Grade
Rate It
2.67 Avg. Rating

Read More Articles On

2016-12-15
Electric-vehicle startup Lucid Motors unveils its proposed first production model, the Air luxury sedan, adding to the roster of companies seeking to loosen Tesla's grip on the luxury-electric market.
2017-03-06
The 7th generation 5 Series, known internally as the G30, focuses on power, torque, mass and aero-drag reduction and refinement.
2017-02-24
The visually captivating Lexus LC coupe debuts Toyota's GA-L architecture and features the new Aisin 10-speed, lightweight construction and a new hybrid powertrain.
2017-03-01
Maruti Suzuki India Limited announced that its Smart Hybrid vehicles, the Ciaz SHVS and the Ertiga SHVS, have crossed cumulative sales of 100,000 units in February.

Related Items

Training / Education
2016-03-10
Article
2017-03-13
Training / Education
2017-10-27
Training / Education
2015-07-13
Training / Education
2017-05-04