Maserati's show guide has been leaked for the Frankfurt Auto Show.
In one weeks' time Germany's premier auto show will fill our pages, hearts and minds as automakers from all over the world strut their stuff in the showroom. We are expecting many different surprises from various automakers, however someone let the Italian proverbial cat out of the bag for Maserati. Fiat's luxury subsidiary Maserati has had its show guide leaked a week early before the 64th edition of the Frankfurt International Auto Show.
The photo on the front of the guide gives away the whole Maserati SUV Concept and it looks pretty impressive. According to the guide, the new SUV concept could be powered by Maserati's 4.7-liter V8 engine that puts out 450hp and will send power to the wheels through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. A 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine could also be available with an output of over 300hp. This is the same Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel motor but with an added 59hp or more. Maserati's SUV should complement their lineup nicely, as Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne wants to boost the Italian luxury division's sales up to 50,000 units from their 5,675 sales last year.
The Maserati SUV will debut next week at the aforementioned 2011 Frankfurt International Auto Show and go on sale in 2013. It will be built at the Chrysler Groups's Jefferson North plant in Detroit.