We already knew that Maserati was preparing an SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee for next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. However, according to a new Bloomberg report, the trident-brand’s SUV may be more American than Italian – the new SUV is now reported to be built alongside its Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango platform-mates in Detroit, Michigan at Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant.
The official announcement won’t come until next month when the car is revealed, but would make logical sense given the lowered cost of shared tooling and that the U.S. market is likely to be one of the largest for the Maserati SUV.
Expect to see the same 4.7-liter V-8 from the Quattroporte and GranTurismo/GranCabrio to make its way under the hood, along with Chrysler’s new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic. The V-8 should be good for 470 hp, but a 300-hp diesel variant using the Jeep’s 3.0-liter V-6 available overseas could be in the cards for European customers as well.
Look for Maserati to set its crosshair directly at the Porsche Cayenne when it comes to competition for the new SUV. Pricing should be right in line with the German competition, starting somewhere north of around $90,000.
Make sure to check out our coverage on the Maserati SUV and all the debuts from the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.