For those of our readers who appreciate the finer things in life, like stuff from Italy, feast your eyes on the latest from luxury automaker Maserati. It’s called the Kubang and while it’s still a concept, production is slated for both the States and abroad. Maserati has put a lot of thought into the production of this concept and you’ll see what we mean below.
The Kubang is sort of like the anti-Cadillac Allanté. Bear with us here as we try to develop this analogy. The body of the Allanté was designed in Italy by Ferrari then transferred to the U.S. where a Northstar engine was dropped in. The Masterati Kubang, meanwhile, has the frame of a Jeep with Italian parts from Maserati. Despite being more Italian than American, the Kubang will be assembled in Detroit at Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant. After assembly, most of the Kubangs will then be exported back to Europe. See? That’s a lot of thought behind a “concept.”
Questions have been raised if building the luxury SUV in Detroit is a wise choice, especially when the majority built are going back to Europe. Then there’s the concern of having Detroit hourly workers who typically work on Jeep and Dodge SUV’s build a $100,000+ Maserati. Answers will come in due time so fear not readers because even if the Maserati Kubang never comes into fruition, there are other luxury SUV’s on the market. For example, if you want luxury, go with a used Land Rover LR3. If you want performance with a healthy dose of luxury, pick up a used Porsche Cayenne. The Cayenne comes with a V6 or an optional V8 that puts out up to 500+ horsepower. If these are too expensive, forgot you even read this post and stick to an economical crossover.
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