Ineos Automotive announced the postponement of the start of production of the Grenadier 4×4 utility frame SUV. This car is called the ideological successor of the classic Land Rover Defender, which went down in history in 2016. Recall that the Grenadier, commissioned by Ineos, is being developed by the Canadian-Austrian company Magna-Steyr.
Initially, the novelty was supposed to be put on the conveyor in November-December 2021, but now they are talking about a date no earlier than July 2022. The decision to transfer to Ineos is called “absolutely inevitable” – the design of the machine is simply not complete.
Recall that the first Grenadier prototype was shown to the public in September 2020, it has a five-door universal body with a simple angular design, flat panels and glass, and round headlights. The SUV is planned to be equipped with purchased engines – 6-cylinder petrol and diesel 3.0-liter “rowers” from BMW. They will be mated to the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
Currently, Ineos is accelerating R&D (research and development work) on Grenadier – 130 prototypes will be assembled within its framework, which in total should run at least 1.1 million kilometers in test mode. For northern trials, the car was sent to Sweden, for southern trials, it is planned to be sent to a desert area in the United States and the Middle East.
Grenadier will be produced at the plant in Ambach, France. This company was bought out from Daimler AG – it used to make Smart minicars. Ineos has decided not to build a greenfield auto plant in Wales.
In the Old World, the price of a car will start at 45,000 euros. The break-even point for the project is the sale of 25,000 SUVs per year.
Recall that the project of the new car is fully financed by the chemical company Ineos, the initiator of Grenadier is its owner Sir Jim Ratcliff. Ineos has nothing to do with Jaguar Land Rover.