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by Brett Davis

In a recent 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show pocket guide booklet, an image and some details of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee-based Maserati SUV are revealed. Maserati hasn’t confirmed if this is what the concept version will look like at the show, but the odds are said to be fairly high.

From the image, it looks very Maserati-esque, showcasing the traditional triplet of side vents at the rear of the front guard. A Maserati face is also detailed in the front end of this pocket guide image, featuring a big vertically vented grille and aggressive bonnet contours.

The pocket guide says that the Maserati SUV is expected to feature a 4.7-litre V8 engine under the bonnet producing around 335kW of power. It says the engine is likely to be backed up by an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

A diesel version of the Maserati SUV is also on the cards, however, according to the pocket guide, this variant will be reserved for the European market only. It will feature a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine producing around 225kW.

Pricing is yet to be revealed although it will be much higher than the top spec Jeep counterpart. Official specifications will be released at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show next week when the new Maserati SUV makes its international debut. We’ll keep you updated.

In the meantime, what do you think of the new look? If this does represent the concept accurently and therefore represent the production version, is it worthy of carrying the exotic Italian badge? Feel free to give us your thoughts in the comments section below.




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