By Stewart Smith on 2011-09-15 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
luxury SUV scene
NOT so long ago purists would have held their hands up in horror at the though of a four-door Porsche or Aston Martin, but it's now a reality.
Now Italian sports car maker Maserati has gone a step further.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show it unveiled the Maserati Kubang SUV, its first venture into this growing segment.
Maserati says it represents a natural direction to increase its product range and strengthen its presence in the sport luxury market.
But it's not a complete surprise. At the Detroit Auto Show in 2003 the Italian stable presented a concept SUV car, and now it is a reality.
Jeep, now part of the Fiat group which owns Maserati, may have had an influence in pushing forward the Kubang project but the Italian arm says the new SUV is a pure Maserati.
Styling and all major system components of the luxury SUV will unmistakably be Maserati sourced, including engine, suspensions, brakes plus handling and performance engineering.
New-generation high-tech Maserati engines will be designed and produced in Maranello by Ferrari.
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