“After Beijing, we will retire the Kubang concept. Our SUV will reappear in its production form and with its final name in due time,” Maserati CEO Harald Wester told Automotive News Europe on the sidelines of the show.
Sources say the production version of the SUV will appear at the Detroit auto show in January 2014.
In Beijing, the Kubang was located near one of its future rivals, the Lamborghini Urus concept.
Maserati, Lamborghini and Bentley want to enter the SUV niche a decade after Porsche broke with tradition and rolled out the Cayenne in 2002. The Cayenne–not the brand’s iconic 911–accounted for half of Porsche’s 118,867 sales in 2011.
Alfa enthusiasts have dreamed for almost two decades of the return of an affordable rear-drive model after the Duetto Spider was discontinued in 1994. Alfa’s 8C Competizione, which was built from 2007-2008, was too expensive for most Alfa buyers. The spider version of the 8C cost up to $279,000 (213,000 euros).
The 4C was unveiled as a concept at the 2011 Geneva motor show. The two-seater has a central engine and is about 157 inches long with a 94.5-inch wheelbase. It will be powered by a new aluminum 4-cylinder 1.8-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine.
Alfa plans to make the 4C as light as possible at about 1,874 pounds. At that weight, the 4C would have an impressive power-to-weight ratio below 9 pounds per hp.
Maserati built the 8C Competizione coupe for Alfa from 2007 to 2010.
Fiat chose Maserati to build the 8C because Alfa does not have the expertise to build low volume, hand-built models. The sports car maker was picked to produce the 4C for the same reason, sources said.
The Grand Sport Vitesse will develop a staggering 1,200 hp from the quad-turbocharged W16 engine. Torque is equally impressive at 1,106 lb-ft. The increased power is the result of the four enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers.
The chassis was modified to accept the boost in power. Bugatti says buyers should expect the range of excellent features that one would associate with the super sports car, including precise driving dynamics and extraordinary braking.
“The rapid success of the Super Sport convinced us to increase the performance of the Bugatti roadster,” Bugatti president Wolfgang Dürheimer said. “We gave our all to transfer the achievements of the Super Sport over to the Grand Sport, thereby turning open-top driving itself into an extraordinary experience at high speed.”
The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is based on the 500C Abarth. It has styling features and special details created by Abarth engineers in collaboration with Maserati. Fiat says this limited edition “epitomizes sheer elegance united to the comfort of a gran turismo, but with the handling of a car fit to take to the road every day.”
The Tributo Maserati builds on the standard set three years ago when Fiat introduced the Tributo Ferrari. That model is selling in the used market at a premium price.
The 1.4-liter turbocharged engine in the Tributo is upgraded to deliver 180 hp, 20 hp more than the already hot Abarth. It’s combined with an electrically operated manual transmission with steering-wheel controls.
The car Volvo unveiled on Tuesday at the Frankfurt motor show follows in the path of the Universe concept shown in Shanghai, with more sporty styling and a strong emphasis in the interior. Chief designer Peter Horbury says the fastback shape was dictated by customer preferences.
Maserati revealed the Kubang concept Tuesday at the Frankfurt motor show, and the vehicle is a strong indication of what the production SUV will look like. It will use Jeep underpinnings but has a completely unique, Italian-styled body penned in Modena.
At the Frankfurt motor show, Mercedes-Benz revealed its vision of how the range-topping S-class coupe will evolve against a backdrop of increasingly tightening emission standards with the unveiling of a bold new research vehicle called the F125.