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Maserati has taken the wraps off their new model at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany with the debut of an SUV, the Kubang.

Complimenting the Quattroporte and GranTurismo line-up, the Maserati Kubang takes the Italian car maker into a new market sector, that of the competitive SUV segment. While the Maserati Kubang represents a total disconnect from any of its previous models in terms of market sectors, Maserati is committed to ensuring that the new vehicle is fully endowed with the Maserati 'DNA' and will provide the exclusivity, driving pleasure and luxury atmosphere that is the hallmark of Maserati models.

The idea of an SUV is not entirely new to Maserati. Back in 2003 the car maker displayed an SUV concept car, also the Kubang. This was at a time when other brands were already going in the direction of a sport luxury SUVs.

Today's synergies with the Chrysler Group's Jeep brand are an important catalyst for Maseratiís own interpretation of a sport luxury SUV.

The essence and all major system components of the Maserati sport luxury SUV will unmistakably be Maserati: style, engine, suspension, brakes, handling and performance will all be 100 per cent Maserati in picture-perfect continuity with the brandís core values of sportiness, style, elegance, luxury, performance and craftsmanship.

The distinctive Maserati style that makes the Kubang immediately recognisable as a Maserati has been designed by the Maserati Style Centre headed by Lorenzo Ramaciotti.

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New-generation high-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 Ė and will be produced in Maranello by Ferrari.

An AT eight speed automatic transmission and specific performance settings such as suspension, brakes, steering will be exclusively developed in Modena for the Maserati sport luxury SUV by the Maserati Product Development Department.

Until today Maserati has been producing sedans, coupes and two- or four-seater convertibles. Whether named Quattroporte, GranTurismo or GranCabrio Ė or, before them, Ghibli, Mistral, Bora or Indy - their common denominator rested in two words: performance and luxury. Times have changed: sportiness and luxury today donít have just one definition. They can also take the form of a very dynamic looking and high performing sport luxury SUV as exampled by Range Rover Sport and Mercedes-Benz M-Class amongst others.

Production plans are not yet confirmed. However, Next Car expects production will begin some time in 2012. An Australian release could be anticipated during 2013.


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