Maserati to go diesel in 2014

* Kubang to be first diesel-powered Maserati * New SUV due to arrive in late 2014 * V8 petrol will also be offered...

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Will Nightingale
25 May 2012

The forthcoming Maserati Kubang SUV will be the company's first diesel-powered model when it goes on sale in late 2014.

Roberto Corradi, vice-president of product development, told What Car? that a diesel engine was essential if the Kubang is to compete with rivals such as the Porsche Cayenne in European markets.

Corradi refused to be drawn on which engine Maserati would use, but the 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel from the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee seems to be the likeliest candidate.

When asked how a diesel engine would fit with Maserati's reputation for building great sounding cars, Corradi said that Maserati was looking at ways to use the Kubang's stereo system to provide drivers with a sportier engine note.

Will Nightingale