Chrysler Group chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne said January 11 that Chrysler Group and Fiat are prepared to go ahead with the production of an entirely new, luxury sport-utility vehicles for Maserati. During a meeting with a small group of reporters from the U.S. and Canada that he had approved the development of the Maserati SUV, which would be built alongside the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango at Chrysler's Jefferson North assembly plant. Marchionne had first indicated back in Novemer the Jefferson North plant could be used to build the Maserati SUV. but said Chrysler/Fiat were still reviewing the idea. The review is now over and the project is a go even though production will be limited production, Marchionne said..
The Maserati SUV will be powered by a Ferrari-made engine and could be a V8 or a V12.
Marchionne also said Chrysler intends to make the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan into completely different vehicles in the future. The Town&Country would remain a full-size van but the Caravan will be downsized to fit into a different space in the market. Chrysler has kicked around the idea of widening the separation between the vans but had never moved forward with the project.