Beware, Porsche Cayenne. Your exotic SUV market share might dip a bit when the Maserati Kubang bows in 2014. The concept strutted its stuff in Detroit this past week, and it’s got some interesting background. First of all, it will be built in America (what??). It will be based on a Jeep Grand Cherokee platform (partially created by Mercedes), will be driven by a sweet Ferrari-based engine partnered with a Fiat 8-speed automatic. Talk about melting pot, eh? No word on output, but expect it to be at least a V8 and upwards of 500 horsepower. As far as design is concerned, you can see the GranTurismo front end and a very Lexus EX-like rear quarterpanel, which isn’t a bad thing, really. Look for a definite name change (thankfully) when it’s released for sale, something along the lines of ‘Cinqueporte’ — five door, in Italian. Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but it won’t be cheap.
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