Turns out Europe's Photoshopping prognosticators didn't need to create a mockup of the upcoming Maserati SUV concept — the brand's first ever — from scratch. They could have simply dusted off an old Giugiaro design. Because that's what Maserati did — even giving it the same name of that 2003 SUV concept — the Kubang.
While the original Kubang was a Giorgetto Giugiaro design, the update was done by Maserati's in-house designer Lorenzo Ramaciotti. Other than the exterior and the well-known reliance on the Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango platform, Maserati would only say the Kubang will have an unspecified Maranello-built engine backed by an 8-speed transmission.
Many other details were left unrevealed, including how much the Maserati people-hauler would cost and when Fiat plans to throw the switch in Detroit. Let's just hope it comes out better than the last collaboration between Maserati and Chrysler.
We'll have live shots of the Maser-UV up shortly.