Fiat taps Jeep Chassis, Maserati Engine for future SUV

By Automotive Staff | January 13, 2011
While there's been plenty of buzz that next-gen Jeeps may be built off future Fiat platforms, Chrysler has also quietly announced that a future Maserati SUV will be built off one of Jeep's chassis. Well, Chrysler Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne recently provided more details of said vehicle. Right now, it's known that the Maserati SUV will make use of Chrysler’s WK2 platform, which underpins both the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2011 Dodge Durango, and eventually used for the forthcoming 2012 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Previous reports indicated that all variants — including the Maserati — will be built within Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan. Well, in an interview conducted with CNN at the Detroit auto show, Marchionne revealed the SUV — like other Maserati offerings — will feature engines built by the legendary Italian sports car manufacturer. A V-8 engine would make sense, but Marchionne also indicated the SUV could receive a V-12 engine as well. “It will be a rock and roll engine,” he said.
Marchionne did not elaborate on his comment. Speculation has the 4.2-liter or 4.7-liter V-8 engines used in the Quattroporte and Gran Turismo are almost certainly candidates, but engineers could evolve the design, potentially incorporating direct fuel injection in the future. If a twelve-cylinder option is approved for production, it will likely bear some resemblance to the 6.0-liter V-12 used in the 599 GTB and GTO, which is built from the same engine architecture. via CNN courtesy of Motor Trend Staff