Scuderia Power: Maserati’s Jeep-Based SUV May Receive Ferrari Engines

Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne previously confirmed plans to build a Maserati SUV from a Jeep platform by 2012, but at the time, he stopped short of revealing any additional information. However, the CEO apparently let slip that the new SUV will likely use engines supplied by Ferrari.

In an interview conducted with CNN at the Detroit auto show, Marchionne revealed the SUV -- like other Maserati offerings -- will feature engines built by the legendary Italian sports car manufacturer. A V-8 engine would make sense, but Marchionne also indicated the SUV could receive a V-12 engine as well.

“It will be a rock and roll engine,” he said.

Despite the hint, rumors continue to run rampant as to just what engine could be stuffed underhood. Both the 4.2-liter or 4.7-liter V-8 engines used in the Quattroporte and Gran Turismo are almost certainly candidates, but engineers could evolve the design, potentially incorporating direct fuel injection in the future. If a twelve-cylinder option is approved for production, it will likely bear some resemblance to the 6.0-liter V-12 used in the 599 GTB and GTO, which is built from the same engine architecture.

What is known, however, is that the Maserati SUV will make use of Chrysler’s WK2 platform, which underpins both the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2011 Dodge Durango, and eventually used for the forthcoming 2012 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Previous reports indicated that all variants -- including the Maserati -- will be built within Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan.

Source: CNN

Laurent Iadeluca
The PT cruiser could very well follow in the footsteps of the Model "T", The Volkswagen "Bug" and the Jeep that was made famous by World War 2 ( known today as the Wrangler) if it continues to build them at a price that's below that of the average new car. Once people discover that they can not afford to pay the required amount needed for monthly new car payments, its insurance, it's maintenance and unscheduled repairs (due to model defects or surprise mechanical issues) the buyer will search for used cars instead. The success of those afforementioned "Classic" cars was that they were economical, durable, dependable and not complex; and were priced low enough that it was worth buying NEW instead of USED. Their standardized model appearance also assured the new buyer that the 4 afforementioned attributes were incorporated into the product. Fiat/Chrysler should not allow the PT cruiser model fall to the wayside or disappear; nor should it raise the base price of this model (especially in this economy that's truly struggling). I would even suggest that they build some PT Cruiser models even cheaper ( thereby challenging the prices of older used cars of other more expensive makes) by returning to simplicity like "manual crank windows", non-electronic door locks, 4 paint schemes, dial guages for gas, speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure,temperature and battery charge, instead of warning lights,bells or other electronics. Volkswagen made a huge error when it priced its vehicles too high above the limit its former (repeat) clientel could pay. This is why the new "Bug" never was a blockbuster like its predecessor. True, VW's are much more luxurious today over 45 years ago, but you never hear stories any more of college kids buying a heavily used, high mileage VW for $75 dollars ( or its equivalent in todays cost) and then driving it all throughout the school season until the following summer (doing the bare minimum in maintenance) and then turning it over to a junk yard in perfectly good running condition. Ironically, you do hear stories of this same generation (now the parents) putting their Volkswagen up for sale so that they can use the money to pay for THEIR kids college costs. Then there's the new issue, the Indians & the Chinese are coming. It's only a matter of time that their low cost vehicles will replace the Hyundai, KIA, Mazda and other low end vehicles in the west. We are not all uninformed and know that the Indians have already built a Base sedan for 2000 Euro's. GM, VW and others in "cooperation" with the Chinese (and more than likely controlled by them) will be saturating the world with their vehicles which cost them a fraction to build compared to what they're planning to retail them for. How much longer do truly independent major car manufacturers believe protectionist legislation or compensatory tarrifs will hold these cars away from the nations of the western market?
This plan would sound better if the Jeep Grand Cherokee were a dressed down Maserati, not the other way around. On the other hand, Porsche's dressed up VW SUV has become one its best sellers.

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