Maserati has launched a new SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show called the Kubang.
Set to go on sale next year, the new model mixes the Italian firm's trademark gaping mouth front end and sporty rear haunches with an SUV body.
The Kubang shares the same name as a 2003 Detroit Motor Show concept car – but this model is set to go into production. It uses a platform from the Jeep Grand Cherokee – both firms are owned by Fiat – and the new SUV will take on the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport next year.
However, while its chassis and suspension will be sourced from within the Fiat Group, the engines will be developed in Italy, and although there are no details, expect power for the £100,000 SUV to come from a development of the GranTurismo's 4.7-litre V8. It will also get an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
According to the firm, a "New-generation hi-tech Maserati engines will be designed in Modena by Paolo Martinelli – Head of the Maserati Powertrain Department and for nearly 30 years at Ferrari, where he also served as engine chief of the Formula One racing team – and will be produced in Maranello by Ferrari".
What's more, performance settings such as suspension, brakes and steering will all be exclusively developed in Modena. Maserati confidently claims the new Kubang will offer "uplifting driving pleasure and a luxury atmosphere".