Italian sports car brand Maserati will continue to diversify its range, with Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealing plans to add a second SUV by 2020.
As reported by Automotive News Europe, Macchione confirmed that the new model would be smaller than the existing Levante SUV, with its mechanical underpinning derived from the Giorgio platform as used by the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio.
The Giorgio platform features the ability to be configured with both rear wheel drive or all wheel drive. Maserati is likely to develop unique powertrains for the new SUV rather than relying solely on those used by Alfa Romeo.
In August 2017 Marchionne announced that Maserati would become the Fiat Chrysler group’s electrification leader, with all new Maserati models from 2019 featuring some form of electrification.
That suggests that at least one variant of the new Maserati SUV will feature some kind of electric assistance, although it won’t be the first to do so, with the existing Levante likely to be made available with hybrid powertrain before the new SUV launches.
Adding a second SUV to the Italian brand’s existing range of coupes, convertibles, and sedans will allow Maserati to target production volumes of 70,000 to 80,000 vehicles per year, up from a forecast 48,000 vehicles forecast for 2017.
2011 Maserati Kubang concept pictured.