Maserati SUV Won't Be Based on a Jeep

Instead, it'll use a sedan platform.

How things can change so fast in this industry. It was only a few months ago that Maserati’s upcoming SUV, previewed with the Kubang Concept, was set to be built on the Jeep Grand Cherokee's platform. But according to a new report, it appears that plan is now off the table. Maserati CEO Harald Wester has just revealed that the SUV, set to be called the Levante, will in fact be built on the same architecture as the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans.

The original plan also called for the Levante to be built alongside the Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango in Michigan. Maserati has had a change of heart there and will instead produce the Levante in Italy. So why the switch to a sedan platform? Maserati wants to take full advantage of its new all-wheel drive system that was developed specifically for those two sedans. The Levante will also utilize the Quattroporte’s suspension. What remains to be answered is whether that suspension will be further engineered to work with a V8, as opposed to a V6.

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