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by Brett Davis

Chrysler and Fiat boss, Sergio Marchionne, has hinted plans to use the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform as a base for upcoming Maserati and Alfa Romeo SUVs. Reports say, for the first time, an off-road vehicle from the two companies could be on the road within two years.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee platform was developed by Mercedes-Benz and parts of it are shared with the GL-Class. It’s been noted as having a certain “solidity and resilience” about it, that Sergio Marchionne previously underestimated.

An Alfa Romeo spokesman said just yesterday the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform could be used as a base for an upcoming Alfa SUV, which would expand the model lineup.

Meanwhile, a Maserati spokesman has said in recent times a project is in the works and could hit the market in as little as one year from now.

Marchionne has also said the Maserati 4.2-litre and 4.7-litre V8 engines assembled by Ferrari could also be a viable means to power the Jeep chassis. He says the chassis can handle more powerful engines than what Jeep offers.




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