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[update] As many of you figured out already based on the timing of the story, our pictures of the Kubang were part of an international joke created with our sister site,

It’s not due until 2018, but a Maserati insider contacted us the other day and sent these two images showing the company’s second crossover which will slot underneath the Levante. It’s based on the Jeep Renegade and will be sold as the “Kubang” as a nod to the namesake concepts from 2003 and 2011.

The subcompact crossover looks pretty much like a downsized Levante and according to our insider it will be available only with a four-wheel drive system. We also managed to find out Maserati has plans to sell the 2018 Kubang at first exclusively with four-cylinder 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines teamed up to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The company with the trident logo is targeting a starting price of around €35,000 and will offer the Kubang in two trim levels. The range-topping “Zegna” version is set to adopt a premium leather upholstery and from what we’ve heard it will benefit from a semi-autonomous driving system.

Interestingly, there will also be a pure electric derivative programmed to join the range in 2019 and will be sold as the “e-Kubang.” This one will obviously be more expensive and should kick off at approximately €50,000. The all-electric B-segment crossover is said to have a range of at least 500 miles (804 kilometers) and will be powered by dual electric motors pushing out a combined 300 horsepower.

Later during the model’s life cycle, a flagship Kubang MC Stradale will join the range with a mighty 4.7-liter V8 engine delivering approximately 600 horsepower. All those ponies will be delivered to the rear axle through a seven-speed manual gearbox, enabling the hardcore Kubang hit 62 mph (100 kph) in less than four seconds.

We have to admit it does sound too good to be true, but let’s just hope we weren’t fooled by that insider.

Gallery: 2018 Maserati Kubang

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