2018 Maserati Kubang SUV leaked online; will be positioned below the flagship Levante featuring semi-autonomous driving, 2.0-litre petrol, diesel and all-electric powertrains
The Maserai Kubang SUV has been leaked online today ending loads of teasing and speculations that circulated around the volume-based utility vehicle. It will be the potent Italian luxury car manufacturer’s second SUV offering and will be positioned below the flagship Levante, unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
WorldCarFans website said that a Maserati personnel in-the-know contacted them and sent the pictures of the Kubang SUV which are posted here. The Kubang was teased endlessly in the last decade and thankfully what could be the final production model has come alive. Featured in the motoring shows for years in different forms since 2003 and until 2011, the Kubang nameplate is here to stay courtesy of this comparatively less expensive SUV.
It will be based on the highly successful Jeep Renegade and the subcompact crossover appears to be a thoughtful and conservative take on the Levante on the outset. It will be available with all-wheel drive system says the report which further explained that 2.0-litre four-pod petrol and diesel engines will power this model.
The engines will be coupled with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and the target price is around €35,000 (Rs. 26 lakh). Expected to be available in two trims, the top-of-the-line Zegna variant will come equipped with premium leather upholstery and most importantly a semi-autonomous driving system for hassle-free journey.
The 2018 Maserati Kubang will also get a pure-electric powertrain by 2019 and it will carry a moniker “e-Kubang” with a range of at least 500 miles (over 800 km). The two electric motors are more likely to churn out a combined power output of 300 hp. However, the flagship model in the Kubang range will be a MC Stradle version with a 4.7-litre V8 pumping out a mighty 600 hp.
The massive power will be sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed manual transmission and it will enable the SUV to hit 0-100 kmph in under four seconds. A SUV with manual transmission sending 600 hp to the rear in 2020 sounds a bit unrealistic but as being blue-blooded cqr enthusiasts let’s hope it will come true. With Maserati reviving its Indian operations last June, the Levante and Kubang will pose major threat to the likes of big players Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW.