MASERATI TO LAUNCH SMALLER SUV

Sergio Marchionne, the charismatic CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is retiring in a couple of years. He has no plans to go without a bang though, and is planning on launching a second SUV from the Maserati stable. Scheduled to be positioned below the slow-selling, bigger new Levante, the new vehicle will appear in 2019 and go on sale in Europe some time in 2020.

 

With Alfa Romeo already running the smaller Stelvio, it will make sense for the Maserati to be based on that. The current boom in SUV sales is expected to assist the premium brand reach up to 80 000 annual sales, from the current 36 000. If it takes one or two of the Stelvio’s engines it means it will carry a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel and a petrol, respectively producing at least 220kW and 330kW each. A hi-performance version would also be expected at some point, with close to 400kW on tap.

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