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Chrysler Will Build a Maserati SUV

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by on Jan.11, 2011

Chrysler will produce a new high-line SUV for Maserati based on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Auto executives are normally guarded about future product plans but Chrysler/Fiat Chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne let several cats out of the bag during a discussion with a small group of reporters from the U.S and Canada, during the Detroit Auto Show.

Marchionne confirmed he has approved a rumored plan to produce a new high-end luxury sport-utility vehicle for Fiat’s Maserati brand that will use the new Jeep Grand Cherokee’s underlying platform.

The Maserati SUV will be produced at the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, alongside the Jeep Grand Cherokee and its sibling ute, the Dodge Durango.

Marchonne had earlier hinted he might turn to the Jefferson  North plant to build a new Maserati  ultra-luxury SUV – one of a variety of projects that will share platforms and components between the trans-Atlantic partners. The decision has now been made to go ahead with the project.