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2013 Jeep Wagoneer, Maserati

by David Zatz on

Plans for a Jeep Wagoneer and a Maserati version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, both discussed publicly by Sergio Marchionne, are apparently speeding along at the frenzied pace Chrysler followers are starting to find “the new normal.” Model year 2013 should bring both versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, which was ironically the result of joint engineering with Mercedes. Mercedes itself has already debuted its version, the new ML.

2013 Jeep Wagoneer

Both Wagoneer (which will retain its traditional WS body code) and the Maserati version will reportedly be built at the Jefferson Avenue plant which currently assembles the Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. Little is known so far, except that Marchionne told reporters some time ago that the Maserati would use a Ferrari-based V8 and possibly a diesel; and that one blog reported that it would use the 392 Hemi engine. While sticking to the SRT8 powertrain would reduce costs, it would also reduce the uniqueness of the Maserati.

There has been speculation that the Maserati version would be built in Italy, and this is still possible, especially given the Wagoneer launch.

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