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Official: Suzuki bringing compact iV-4 to Frankfurt

By Damon Lowney

Suzuki will debut the iV-4 at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Even though American Suzuki Motor Corporation filed for bankruptcy last year and stopped selling cars in the US and Canada as part of its reorganization, there are still plenty of countries around the world where Suzuki continues to sell autos. For those markets, the automaker is working on a compact sport-utility vehicle, called the iV-4, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Suzuki says the iV-4 “embodies the basic ruggedness of an SUV,” and that its styling is modern and innovative. We’ll have to take Suzuki’s word on that one, though the teaser above certainly looks the part, with the grille reminding us of the one found on the Jeep Grand Cherokee (minus a few slats, of course).

Scroll down for the short-and-sweet press release, and expect the full brace of information to be revealed in September.

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Official: Chrysler banks $507 million in Q2, trims 2013 earnings forecast

By Brandon Turkus

Chrysler Technical Center, Auburn Hills, Michigan

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Chrysler has some good news and some bad news. First, profits were up 16 percent over the second quarter of 2012, bringing the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based manufacturer $507 million on the back of strong demand for trucks and SUVs (a recurring theme this quarter, particularly in the US). Q2 revenue was up as well, from $16.8 billion in 2012 to $18 billion in 2013. The bad news is that the Pentastar’s overall earnings forecast for net income in 2013 has been trimmed from $2.2 billion to between $1.7 and $2.2 billion, according to Automotive News.

In addition to the adjusted net income forecast, Chrysler tweaked its operating profit from $3.8 billion to between $3.3 and $3.8 billion. This has gone largely unexplained by Chrysler, perhaps hoping the news of a three-percent increase in its transaction prices for Q2 will allow it to sweep this adjustment under the rug.

The star of the show for Chrysler has been its US sales, which saw a 10-percent jump, both bettering the industry average of eight percent and improving over the same stretch of 2012. As with the increase in transaction prices, Chrysler has the new Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee to thank. Perhaps most worrying from this report, though, is that every brand in the automaker’s stable saw an increase in sales… except for the Chrysler brand itself.

Chrysler’s minor woes aside, the second quarter has largely been a good one for American brands, with Chrysler joining Ford and GM in seeing healthy profits on the backs of strong new product. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne also released a letter to the company’s employees about all of this, which you can read over at The Detroit News.

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Report: Detroit pins hopes to bankruptcy as Motor City sags

By Brandon Turkus

Detroit from the air

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Detroit. The Motor City. Motown. Hitsville, USA. Hockeytown. The largest municipality ever to file for bankruptcy in US history. You can add that last one to Detroit’s many titles, as Republican Governor Rick Snyder authorized emergency manager Kevyn Orr to file a petition for bankruptcy yesterday.

Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy bid is likely to be very bad news for city employees, retirees and their families, but what does it mean for the auto industry? Automotive News spoke with Wall Street financial guru Steven Rattner, the same man that acted as President Barack Obama’s so-called auto czar, ushering General Motors and Chrysler through bankruptcies of their own, to see what parallels there will be between the two situations.

According to Rattner, bankruptcy for the city was inevitable, just like it was for GM and Chrysler. “It’s analogous to the auto companies, in that you have too many stakeholders whose claims are too underwater to realistically ever worked this out with some kind of bankruptcy,” Rattner told AN. But, Rattner cautions, “This will be much messier.” The auto bankruptcies took a brief six weeks, while the city’s case will likely last at least a few months, if not a year or more.

While the automaker presence in the city isn’t what it once was, GM still employs roughly 3,000 people at its Renaissance Center headquarters, right in the heart of downtown. Chrysler’s Detroit workforce is mainly blue collar, at the Jefferson North factory, which builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. Ford, the only automaker not to go through bankruptcy, has limited its presence within Detroit city limits.

In a statement, GM said its “is proud to call Detroit home and today’s bankruptcy declaration is a day that we and others hoped would not come. We believe, however, that today also can mark a clean start for the city.” Ford shared a similar sentiment, with a release stating “The city has a difficult job ahead, and we are optimistic that governmental leaders will be successful in strengthening the community.” Chrysler, meanwhile, reiterated its commitment to the city, “We not only continue to invest in the city and its residents by adding to our presence in Detroit, we also are committed to playing a positive role in its revitalization.”

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Report: Chrysler 300 diesel could get green light

By Zach Bowman

2012 Chrysler 300 S

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Word has it Chrysler is keen to shove its new turbo diesel V6 into a range of models. Wards Auto reports Chrysler President and CEO Saad Chehab has made it clear the automaker is investigating the possibility of using the 3.0-liter oil-burner in the 300. While speaking at an Automotive Press Association luncheon, Chehab said, “It’s a matter of how much the customer is willing to pay for that premium. That’s the only issue with it.”

The Chrysler 300 is sold as the Lancia Thema in Europe complete with a diesel of its very own, and since the Jeep Grand Cherokee is now available with the diesel V6 here in the States, it only makes sense that the engine could potentially show up on the 300 order sheet. Opting for the 3.0 V6 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee will set you back an additional $4,500, however.

Chehab also said the engine could make an appearance in the next-generation Chrysler 200, which is set to debut next year.

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Jeep Teases Two Concepts For The 2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari

By Kurt Ernst

Jeep's Trailhawk II concept

Jeep’s Trailhawk II concept

Every spring, robins fly north, the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano and Jeep owners descend on Moab, Utah for the annual Easter Jeep Safari. It’s also the time of year when Jeep and Mopar roll out a string of concepts and customized off-road vehicles, many of which will (sadly) never see the inside of a dealer’s showroom. On the other hand, Mopar-befitted Jeeps probably help sell a lot of accessories for the brand, which is why the event is so critical to Chrysler.

In 2011 and 2012, Jeep and Mopar showed six concepts, so we expect a similar number this year. Chrysler has just released two images of Jeeps that will be appearing in 2013, and we have to admit that neither one really does it for us. The Trailhawk II appears to be a modified Jeep Grand Cherokee, but aside from the bright orange paint, lifted suspension and off-road tires, we can’t see anything particularly exciting about it.

The same holds true for the Wrangler “Slim,” which looks to be little more than a hot pink Jeep Wrangler with a lift, new front bumper and off-road tires. Surely Chrysler is holding back on the good stuff until the event is near, since neither concept shows the imagination (and engineering) that the brand has exhibited for past Easter Jeep Safaris.

Jeep Wrangler “Slim” concept

On the other hand, Chrysler’s parent, Fiat, isn’t exactly prospering from European sales, so budgets have likely been pared back from previous years. We hope this is just a head fake from Chrysler, and that we can all have a good laugh about it in a few weeks. If the budget for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari has been slashed, though, we can’t imagine what other cuts are coming in the near future.

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Ram Announces 2014 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup Coming Later This Year

By Alexander Stoklosa

It looks as though Chrysler is fully embracing the diesel engine, having already introduced an oil-burning Jeep Grand Cherokee for 2014, the company’s Ram division is introducing a diesel-powered light-duty pickup later this year. This move will make Ram the purveyor of the only diesel-powered non-heavy-duty pickup in the marketplace, at least until Ford and GM decide to enter the fray—if they decide to do so. 

Ram’s announcement for the 2014 1500 EcoDiesel doesn’t include many specifics, but it does note that the V-6 engine will displace three liters and back up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Recall that Ram already has beaten its full-size-pickup competition to the I Have More Transmission Gears Than You punch after fitting eight-speeds to V-6 iterations of its updated-for-2013 1500.

We’re confident that the 3.0-liter V-6—which is manufactured by Italian firm VM Motori—is the same unit found under the hood of the 2014 Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. Ram representatives tell us the engine is similar, but there will be several changes to optimize it for truck duty. Power figures are forthcoming, but don’t expect them to differ vastly from those of the Jeep EcoDiesel, which packs 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Ram plans to reveal more information closer to the 1500 EcoDiesel’s launch in the third quarter of this year.

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Report: Fiat to build Maserati SUV in Turin, Alfa Romeo version possible

By Zach Bowman Maserati Kubang Concept live at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Automotive News Europe reports Fiat will build its new Maserati Levante SUV in Turin, Italy. CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed in an interview that the luxury utility will be manufactured at Fiat’s flagship plant, and that the Mirafiori facility may build an Alfa Romeo SUV variant as well. Reports as far back as 2011 originally suggested the Italian-branded luxury SUV would be built in Detroit alongside its Jeep Grand Cherokee relative. Marchionne now says Fiat will construct both Maserati and Alfa Romeo vehicles in Turin, but has thus far declined to comment on exactly which models will be manufactured at the plant.

Right now, the factory is only running a few days per month, but Fiat has committed to investing around $1.63 billion to relaunch Maserati, and a fair slice of those funds could go toward revamping the Turin plant. Marchionne also made it clear that the Chrysler dealer network in the US will play a large role in the future success of the Alfa Romeo brand.

Set to bow in 2014 and hit dealers by 2015, the Maserati Levante is expected to take cues from the brand’s 2011 Kubang concept shown above. As the Trident’s first SUV, the Levante is expected to compete directly with the Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover.

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Teen could be tried as adult in agent's shooting

A South Texas judge said Friday he will take the weekend to consider whether a 17-year-old boy will stand trial as an adult for allegedly firing on a vehicle driven by a federal agent.

Hidalgo County District Judge Jesse Contreras said he was “puzzled” by the case of the boy who had no prior record and who a probation officer said was extremely compliant. At the end of arguments Friday, Contreras told attorneys he would offer his decision Jan. 29.

Authorities say the boy’s father, Pedro Alvarado, woke up his 18-year-old son, Arnoldo Alvarado, and his then-16-year-old son last July and told them a suspicious vehicle was vehicle parked near their home. The boy and the two men are charged with the attempted murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Kelton Harrison. The boy is charged in state court, while the men are charged in federal court.

The state asked that the 17-year-old be tried as an adult. Prosecutor Marisela Ledesma argued that the seriousness of the offense and the boy’s own admission that he grabbed his .22-caliber rifle warranted that he be tried as an adult.

Ricardo Flores, the boy’s attorney, said it was a mistake made by a boy awakened in the middle of the night by his father.

Contreras dismissed that argument. “We’re dealing with a sophisticated, mature individual,” he said.

No one has suggested the boy knew a federal agent was inside the silver Jeep Grand Cherokee. Harrison was conducting surveillance in the area in a drug trafficking investigation. He was unarmed and fled at speeds of 100 mph.

The Alvarados followed in Pedro Alvarado‘s pickup truck.

The chase happened in the pre-dawn hours of July 3 in Hargill, a rural community northeast of Edinburg. Court documents indicate a related drug investigation had been under way for two years. Six others have been charged with drug offenses, but not the Alvarados.

At least one neighbor called sheriff’s deputies to the area to investigate shortly before the confrontation and called Pedro Alvarado as well.

The younger brother fired the rifle from the pickup’s back seat, while Arnoldo Alavardo fired a 9 mm handgun from the front, according to court documents.

The Alvarados chased Harrison for more than two miles until he crashed into a field.

Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy Joshua Kaltenbach testified Friday that Harrison heard vehicle doors slam after he crashed and believed it was the shooters. He ran into nearby woods and hid for about 15 minutes before returning to his vehicle. He had been shot once in the back, but recovered and transferred out of the area, Kaltenbach said.

Kaltenbach said when he asked the boy why they chased and shot at someone they didn’t know, he replied that they had to. Asked why not call police to report the vehicle, the boy said, “We don’t call the police.” When authorities searched the home, they found marijuana, the guns and two illegal immigrants who did chores for the family.

Under questioning from Flores, Kaltenbach conceded Harrison could have turned on his unmarked vehicle’s emergency lights to indicate he was law enforcement.

“This could have been avoided,” if both sides had made different decisions, he said.

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Detroit: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel and SRT climb onto stage

By Steven J. Ewing

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This is indeed a case of not knowing how much we wanted something until it arrived. We’ve been big fans of the Jeep Grand Cherokee ever since the new model arrived a couple of years ago, and while the update you see here might seem just a slight refresh, it’s actually much more than that.

For starters, the 2014 Grand Cherokee marks the return of a diesel model here in the States, with Chrysler’s new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 under the hood, churning out 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, all of the Grand Cherokee‘s usual off-road goodies are on hand, with moderate tweaks to make it an even more capable vehicle when the going gets rough. Both the gasoline-fed 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter V8 get the new eight-speed auto, as well.

The high-performance Grand Cherokee SRT also trudges on into the new model year, with very subtle tweaks found underneath the aggressive, slightly redesigned sheetmetal. The 6.4-liter Hemi V8 also gets eight-speed gearing, which Chrysler says will improve not only 0-60 times, but mid-range performance as well. Bring it on, we say.

Inside, the 2014 Grand Cherokee gets a slightly redesigned cockpit, with a new three-spoke steering wheel incorporating paddle shifters, an electronic gear selector and Chrysler’s award-winning 8.4-inch UConnect touch-screen infotainment system.

We like what we see, and if these changes only improve upon the Grand Cherokee that we’ve grown quite fond of, then we expect good things when the 2014 model goes on sale later this year. For the full smattering of info, check out our deep dive coverage.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee: High-MPG Diesel, Eight Speeds, And A Facelift

Since its last redesign for 2011, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has held a unique spot in the American family SUV market. While models such as the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder have found softer shapes and more carlike powertrains, the Grand Cherokee is refreshingly different: handsomely rugged, stylish, and as off-road capable as ever…
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Why attend car shows when photos are a swipe away?

Why go to a crowded auto show when you can glimpse dozens of new models on the internet?

Because you can’t catch a whiff of that new car smell through your iPhone.

Photos can’t re-create the smell of leather seats or the smooth feel of a hood. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opens to the public Jan. 19, visitors can see 500 cars and trucks spread over 18 carpeted acres. At least 800,000 people are expected to take in all the shiny models, amid the bright lights and thumping mood music.

The biggest draw will be the first new Corvette in nine years. Technology lovers can see an experimental concept from electric carmaker Tesla and a diesel version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Young buyers can check out a small SUV concept from Honda. Big spenders — and big dreamers — can take a gander at the new Bentley convertible.

But for all the gleaming metal, most models won’t be new to fans. Corvette lovers have been salivating over drawings posted on the Web. Spy cameras snapped an Acura MDX last fall, months before its official debut in Detroit. Mercedes has already released photos of its E-Class coupe and convertible.

But even with all those spoilers, visitors keep flocking to Detroit and other auto shows. They want to touch the cars, check out the trunk space or just hop in.

“You can’t do enough on a screen. You can’t crawl inside and get a feel for it,” says Rod Alberts, a 23-year veteran of the Detroit show who is now its executive director.

Detroit is one of 65 shows that will be held in the U.S. this year, from a tiny one in Toledo to New York and Chicago gatherings that attract more than 1 million visitors each year. Detroit has been holding an auto show almost continuously since the early 1900s, when local dealers lined up a handful of cars alongside fishing and hunting gear.

More than half of visitors at the Detroit show are shopping for a new car, according to informal polls. And with car sales stronger than they’ve been in five years, attendance at NAIAS and other shows could be higher in 2013, after slipping during the recession. Car sales rose 13 percent to 14.5 million last year and could reach 15 million in 2013.

The auto show is the ideal venue for shoppers because they can browse without being pestered by salespeople, says Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst with car buying site Edmunds.com.

“It’s like the circus. It’s the only place you can see it under one roof,” she says.

It’s also a circus for car companies. Literally. Infiniti will use performers from Cirque du Soleil to introduce its new small car in Detroit.

“Auto shows are one of the rare moments that the brand can meet the customer, shake their hand, look them in the eye and say, ‘This is who we are,'” says Jim Farley, Ford’s global marketing director.

Car companies had to cut back on their displays during the downturn. Most are no longer doing the kinds of expensive stunts they did at the Detroit show before the sobering recession, which forced them to close plants and lay off thousands of workers. In 1992, then-Chrysler chief Bob Lutz drove the new Jeep Grand Cherokee through a plate glass window. This year, Lutz will be talking to a holographic image of Thomas Edison at the display of electric-truck maker Via Motors.

And the element of surprise is gone. Icons like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Viper were seen for the first time when sheets were pulled off of them in Detroit. As recently as 2000, there were audible gasps when General Motors revealed the ungainly Pontiac Aztek.

“There isn’t going to be that sort of shock and awe that you had at earlier shows,” says Justin Hyde, senior editor of the Yahoo Autos’ Motoramic blog.

Bloggers are already abuzz about whether a new Ferrari supercar will appear next year in Detroit.

Still, Hyde says, the show is the best place to get a lot of information about cars in a global market that’s become huge and fractured. More than 6,000 journalists from 70 countries will attend two days of media previews starting on Monday, giving the show a reach far beyond Detroit. That’s up from just 850 journalists 25 years ago.

Nissan is one of several brands that pulled out of the Detroit show in recent years, only to return when they realized its impact. This year, Nissan is going all out, even appealing to the sense of smell in its display. It plans to pump a green tea-like fragrance into its Detroit exhibit.

The idea? To put visitors at ease. And maybe get them to part with a little green of their own.

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Report: NHTSA closes probes on Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey

By Zach Bowman

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Detroit News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially closed its investigations into 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2004-2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey models. The separate probes found no issues that pose safety concerns. NHTSA began investigating certain Grand Cherokee SUVs over complaints that power steering hoses could detach during operation, thereby increasing the risk of a vehicle fire. Of the 24 reports of failure, none alleged smoke or fire in the engine bay, and Chrysler has since modified the power steering cooler assembly to reduce the likelihood of the failure.

Meanwhile, certain Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles garnered a government probe after receiving complaints that the models were equipped with faulty scissor jacks. The agency had received six reports of the jacks failing or causing injuries, including one incident that resulted in a fatality. But NHTSA says the jack failure rate is similar to those found in other vehicles. In those six cases, the government agency found the jacks were being used for something other than changing a tire, and investigators could not determine whether the emergency brake was set or the rear tires were properly chocked.

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Mercedes-Benz M Class

In the 1990s, Mercedes-Benz saw its owners defecting to American brands. Not from its well-reviewed sedans and coupes–but to domestic SUVs, the utility vehicles not offered by the German automaker. Egged on by the success of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer, Mercedes-Benz planned its own off-road sport-ute, which made its debut in…
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Spy Shots: 2014 Maserati Ghibli prototype spied for the first time

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Looking to better compete with mainstream luxury automakers, Maserati has already announced its plans for expanding its model lineup. Now, these spy shots give us our first look at a new, smaller sedan that resurrects the Maserati Ghibli nameplate. Seen for the first time as a prototype rather than a Quattroporte-based test-mule, this is the closest-to-production view of the upcoming Ghibli thus far.

Aside from its name, we don’t know much about the 2014 Ghibli, but we do hear that this Maserati, like the upcoming Maserati Levante SUV, will have a direct lineage to a Chrysler product. While the Levante will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it sounds like the Ghibli could use the Chrysler 300 as its starting point. This means that the standard version of the car could get Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 – rumored to produce around 400 horsepower – paired with the latest eight-speed automatic transmission; sportier trim levels would almost certainly get a V8 from Ferrari rather than using the 300C’s Hemi.

As for some of the details apparent in the spy photos, we can obviously see the size difference between these two cars when comparing previous spy shots of the newly released 2014 Quattroporte, which we drove last week. We also see that this car gets some performance-oriented, cross-drilled brake rotors, and based on the depth of the snow in which this car was caught testing, we also wouldn’t rule out the use of all-wheel-drive on the Ghibli.

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Maserati’s Lineup Expansion to Include a Compact Crossover

A compact crossover looks to fit into Maserati’s lineup beneath the Levante, which is previewed by this Kubang concept
Maserati is going for volume. Besides the new Quattroporte and the upcoming, next-generation GranTurismo and GranTurismo convertible, the brand has officially confirmed a slightly smaller sedan called the Ghibli, and an SUV called the Levante—which was previewed by the Kubang concept that debuted last year. That’s quite the undertaking for a brand who’s lineup has consisted of an evolving pair of core models and their variants for the past decade. Now, we have learned from an industry source that the brand also is preparing a more compact SUV, targeting the Audi Q5 and the upcoming Porsche Macan.
First in the sequence of new models is the sixth-generation Quattroporte, which makes use of Maserati’s in-house developed platform. Before the end of 2013, production of the Ghibli will begin, which will be developed from the Chrysler LX/LY platform whose heritage stems back to the mid-1990s Mercedes-Benz W210 E-class.
In 2014, we will see the next-generation GranTurismo, followed in 2015 by GranTurismo cabriolet, which is called the GranCabrio almost everywhere else. Maserati chief designer Lorenzo Ramaciotti has said that it would be a more sports-car-like vehicle than the current, rather large and heavy model. But the GranTurismo will keep a Maserati platform, partly derived from that of the Quattroporte.

First Drive: 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Coupe and Convertible
Comparison Test: Porsche Panamera S vs. BMW 750i, Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S
First Drive: 2013 Ferrari California

Also in 2015, the brand will launch the Levante, a derivative of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and thus a close relative of the current Mercedes-Benz M-class. But the surprising news is that one year after that, there will be a second and yet unnamed SUV, more compact than the Levante and directly targeting the Audi Q5 and the upcoming Porsche Macan. It will be based on neither an existing Maserati nor a Chrysler platform; instead, it will use Fiat’s long-wheelbase Compact U.S. Wide platform. This Maserati, therefore, will be a close relative of the Dodge Dart, the Chinese-market Fiat Viaggio, and the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia.
A compact Maserati crossover would make quite a bit of sense, providing the Fiat Group with a product that could fit into the somewhat-downmarket void left by Lancia’s glaring irrelevance. That would explain why information surrounding an upcoming, somewhat luxurious Alfa Romeo SUV suspiciously has dried up.

Source: Car & Driver