luxury brand maserati enters the 4x4 market with kubang
Last Updated : GMT 04:12:38
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Luxury brand Maserati enters the 4x4 market with Kubang

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Luxury brand Maserati enters the 4x4 market with Kubang

Frankfurt - Arabstoday

Think Maserati and you\'ll probably conjure an image of a stylish, high-performance coupé, or maybe a scarlet, open-wheeled Formula One car from the 1950s with a legend like Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel.The last thing you\'d expect is a big, family oriented 4x4. But you\'d better get used to it, because the Italian luxury car maker has just unveiled the biggest surprise of the Frankfurt Motor Show - the Kubang SUV. It isn\'t as far fetched as it sounds, not least because of the tie-up between Maserati\'s parent company, Fiat, and US car firm Chrysler. Stick with us here, because the Chrysler group contains all-American 4x4 manufacturer Jeep, which has leant its rugged mechanical knowledge to Maserati. It\'s an unusual combination, but stranger things have been known than a blend of tough off-road ability and outright luxury - just look at the Range Rover. The Kubang was first seen in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show in 2003. At the time it was dismissed as a one-off concept, but the model on show at Frankfurt this year is near enough production-ready. It\'s reminiscent of rival luxury SUVs, particularly the Infiniti FX, but it\'s also not a million miles away from the successful Porsche Cayenne. Penned by Maserati\'s Lorenzo Ramaciotti, head of the company\'s style centre, the Kubang is a huge car in every sense. It\'s totally imposing, with a vast, rounded grille and a seemingly never-ending bonnet. The headlights are unusual, shapeless things, and, even at a staggering 21 inches, the alloy wheels aren\'t big enough to fill the arches. Presumably Maserati left a little room to make the car appear more capable off-road, though it\'s unlikely to be the kind that sees much wadi-bashing action. At the rear, it\'s curvy for a hefty 4x4, with a fastback C-pillar and a Maserati trident badge in the rear corner. The only real let-down is the cheap-looking black plastic finish on the wheelarches and rear bumpers, which isn\'t great on a car that\'s likely to wear an elevated price tag. There isn\'t much information on engines yet, other than that they\'ll be built at Ferrari\'s Maranello factory - but it\'s a given that they\'ll be powerful and tuneful, and the company has confirmed that there will be an eight-speed automatic transmission. We\'ve even been promised sporty handling, despite the car\'s ungainly size and girth. It may ride on underpinnings that Jeep will at least have a hand in developing, but we\'re told the brakes, engine, suspension and handling will all be pure Maserati.Love it or loathe it, the Kubang is sure to be among the crème de la crème of SUVs when it eventually appears in showrooms. It isn\'t likely to worry a Land Rover on some tricky off-road slopes but it\'s certain to make the likes of Infiniti and Porsche SUV fans think twice. Road presence aplenty, the cachet of the trident badge on that huge grille and Ferrari DNA running through its fuel pipes are sure to render Maserati\'s first 4x4 appealing to the privileged few. Whether or not it has the polish to take on the established luxury SUV market remains to be seen.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

luxury brand maserati enters the 4x4 market with kubang luxury brand maserati enters the 4x4 market with kubang

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

luxury brand maserati enters the 4x4 market with kubang luxury brand maserati enters the 4x4 market with kubang

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today PNG police start removing refugees

GMT 03:00 2017 Friday ,24 November

PNG police start removing refugees
Arab Today, arab today Sophian Yussef reveals suitable decoration

GMT 02:56 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Sophian Yussef reveals suitable decoration
Arab Today, arab today Syria congress to go ahead

GMT 02:24 2017 Friday ,24 November

Syria congress to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today IS media offline for a day

GMT 02:10 2017 Friday ,24 November

IS media offline for a day
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Human form of 'mad cow' disease

GMT 00:11 2017 Friday ,24 November

Human form of 'mad cow' disease
Arab Today, arab today British woman jailed in Iran to appear

GMT 03:19 2017 Friday ,24 November

British woman jailed in Iran to appear
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Mitsubishi Materials units falsified product

GMT 03:24 2017 Friday ,24 November

Mitsubishi Materials units falsified product
Arab Today, arab today 'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils

GMT 08:07 2017 Thursday ,23 November

'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils
Arab Today, arab today Abeer Sabry reveals reason of “The Flood” success

GMT 08:03 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

Abeer Sabry reveals reason of “The Flood” success
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 07:56 2017 Monday ,20 November

Singer Jahda Wahba has unlimited ambitions

GMT 08:03 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Srebrenica women cry tears of joy

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 10:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

Cigar-shaped asteroid came

GMT 10:47 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

The Big Apple bike boom

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday