Looking quite prepared to take on the likes of vehicles like the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne at the top end of the luxury SUV segment, the Maserati Kubang Concept made its stylish debut in Frankfurt. Carrying the same name as the original Maserati SUV concept presented at the Detroit Auto Show in 2003, this far more sophisticated spiritual successor is based on the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee platform architecture. However, Maserati says that literally all of its key components, including the exterior and interior elements, powertrain, suspension, brakes and unique levels of total performance, will be fully proprietary to the marque and engineered by the Maserati Product Development Department.
Penned in the Maserati Style Center under the guidance of Lorenzo Ramaciotti, the Kubang Concept embodies numerous corporate design cues from its signature grille treatment to powerful character lines that add to its presence, all infused with a contemporary twist. While providing few other specifics on this SUV-to-be, Maserati noted that it will be fitted with a new generation of engines designed in Modena by Paolo Martinelli, current head of Maserati's Powertrain Department and former engine chief for the Ferrari Formula One team. As with the potent V8s used in other current Maserati passenger cars, these successors also will be produced in Maranello by Ferrari and backed by an equally new eight-speed automatic transmission.