Meanwhile, two new factories are being built: one in Portugal for chassis-making and one in South Wales for final assembly. I designed a couple of boats for him and looked after a building project. Named after Ratcliffe’s favourite pub in Belgravia, London, the Grenadier is being unveiled now, 18 months before its expected on-sale date, because its creators believe they will find it easier to complete a tightly planned million-mile global test programme if they can drive it “in plain sight”. We used them as a kind of checklist. However, Ineos is understood to be in talks over the, possible purchase of the Mercedes-owned Smart factory in France, This is only the starting point for Ineos, though. “We haven’t swathed the dash just to make it look nice,” said Ecuyer. Ineos Automotive’s spiritual successor to the old Land Rover Defender will go on sale soon, with a starting price of around £50,000. Popularity of new 4x4, showcasing singular utilitarian focus with modern tech and powerful BMW engines, revealed, Haymarket Media Group, publishers of Autocar takes your privacy seriously. Leather will be used on the seats purely for its durability and drain plugs will be included, allowing the driver to easily hose out the interior. “For now, the time-critical areas are going well. The round tail-lights “share a common language” with the round headlights and are mounted ideally on the extra space provided by the body shoulder, happily where modern law requires them to be visible. It also shares the Land Rover’s slatted radiator grille, flat bonnet, round headlamps and upright windscreen – and, under the front bumper, there’s a thick sump guard. It will have an interior that can be hosed down and there will be … Autocar meets F1 prodigy George Russell. These rails will allow for the mounting of lights, for example. A new factory was due to be built in Bridgend, South Wales (inset left), for production of the utilitarian Grenadier 4X4, creating up to 500 jobs in the region. “We made a list of qualities we wanted to achieve: assured, robust, faithful, dependable and purposeful. The roof can be used to carry loads without a rack, and one artful touch is the provision of four tie bars on the sides of the roof that look a lot like the roof lights of an old Land Rover. The styling of the new Ineos Grenadier is familiar, but editor-in-chief Steve Fowler has been impressed by Ineos Automotive’s original thinking, Nissan has revealed specs of the next-gen Qashqai’s e-Power electrified powertrains ahead of the car’s full reveal early this year, BMW’s latest X6 is its best take on the format yet, and as good to drive as ever, but isn’t quite our favourite SUV coupe, This is the Ineos Grenadier. Shift the headlights a bit and you’ve suddenly made a Ford Bronco.”. by: Steve Fowler. That’s how I got to know Jim Ratcliffe. The Grenadier is the first car from INEOS Automotive, offering a back-to-basics utility-focused 4x4, reminiscent of the Land Rover Defender and Mercedes G-Wagen Ecuyer said this gives room for ‘stuff’ inside the bottom half of the doors while allowing their tops to be “no thicker than they need to be”. We had a good friendship – and a mutual enjoyment of cars.”. The Welsh government has helped Ineos acquire the site, and will help with training the staff – up to 500, eventually – as well as making a financial contribution. i do have bothe headlight trim pieces. Ineos will also take a “relaxed” approach to vehicle modification, with Tennant stressing that buyers will be encouraged to personalise their Grenadiers with aftermarket accessories. It’s called the Ineos Grenadier, and might just be the first new 4x4 that the haters might love. INEOS Projekt Grenadier 4x4 on track for 2020 reveal, production in 2021 Rugged, no-nonsense, reliable, with a BMW engine and a hose-down cabin Similar in size to the latest Mercedes-Benz G-Class and powered by a modular range of six-cylinder BMW diesel and petrol engines, it’s expected to be priced from £40,000 … Work has already started on the second-generation Grenadier, he hinted. “We’re using the line ‘Built on Purpose’ for the Grenadier,” said Tennant, “because for this project, function must always lead. Until then, I didn’t realise design was an actual job, and that really sparked my interest to know how things were created.”, “I trained as an architect and then got into boat design – long projects, 80-metre superyachts and for private customers. “You can see how the doors and bonnet are attached. Ineos said in a statement on Tuesday that its first vehicle, the Grenadier 4x4, will be manufactured at a plant in Hambach, France, that the company is buying from Daimler's Mercedes-Benz. We’re yet to see the Grenadier’s interior, but Ineos plans to make it equally utilitarian and functional, with a fairly stripped-back design which forgoes such luxuries as carpet and sound deadening. The basics are this: the Grenadier sits on a steel ladder frame chassis sourced from Toyota, it has a 3.5-tonne towing capacity, uses multi-link … “This is a really useful surface to sit on, put your tea on, laptop on – it’s very much a workbench in lots of ways,” said Ecuyer. Our key suppliers – people like our axle partner in northern Italy – are with us. We’re focusing on a high standard of off-road performance first, and there’s an Ineos tradition of using straightforward, simple language for a straightforward, simple car. They’re all very uncomplicated and very honest. Mr Tennant said the company was aiming to price the Grenadier "a bit above" vehicles like the Ford Ranger Wildtrak, Jeep Wrangler and their ilk – so expect it to cost in the region of $75,000 … However, the performance potential will probably require an on-road speed limiter. We will use your information to ensure you receive messages that are relevant to you. “We’ve had to learn that aluminium isn’t always the best choice for strength and crash purposes,” said Heilmann, “so we’ve chosen the right materials for the right jobs.” But much of the outer skin – the bonnet, the doors and the mudguards – is aluminium. “They’re the result of a very practical problem,” said Ecuyer, “not a wafty sketch in a cafe somewhere…”. Tennant promised innovation in how Ineos will sell the Grenadier. Although they’re not talking about the interior today, the Ineos team makes clear that it includes more such features. Despite the new car's resemblance to cars like the Defender, the Grenadier is an all-new 4x4 created by a ground-up team and brand, with modern components, a state-of-the-art powertrain and possibly an even more singular purpose than the icon that it seeks to supplant. So, to make sure he was on the right track, Ecuyer studied a broad range of off-roaders for inspiration. Like the old Defender, the Grenadier’s chassis will feature a pair of beam axles, three locking differentials and a low-range transfer case. When you’re building a superyacht, you’re talking about a four-year programme, so you get to know a person really well. Last week, Autocar held a virtual meeting with Ecuyer, Heilmann and commercial director Mark Tennant to see the wraps come off the Grenadier and hear more about its purpose and capabilities. “From Unimogs to military vehicles, to aircraft, to lorries and vans. Ineos signed a partnership with BMW, to provide its 3.0-litre straight-six TwinPower turbo petrol and diesel engines for the Grenadier project. Lastly INEOS could avoid building a car factory and just build this in a Land Rover factory. On pricing, we understand that, in the current market, the Grenadier’s entry-price would start with a four. Both units will feed their power to a permanent all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission only – with no manual option available. He has brilliant ideas. Heilmann also said that the Grenadier will offer “class-leading cross-axleing capability.”. I haven’t done all this on my own.”. News. “When I was about nine, I wrote to Austin Rover with some car sketches. Every time we had a decision to make about the car, we would run through the list to see if it met them. 2021 Ineos Grenadier 4WD makes debut alongside off-road icons Work has already started on the second-generation Grenadier, he hinted. Simplicity of use was also key, with features such as the “utility belt” running around the middle of the car, which allows owners to attach accessories and tethering eyes lower down the doors. The doors have external hinges that help with the door removal that will suit some users and give the car’s design the honesty Ecuyer sought. There are also pre-wired “utility rails” running through the doors and under the rear side windows, because Ineos expects owners to use their Grenadiers for camping. Products shown as available are normally stocked but inventory levels cannot be guaranteed For screen reader problems with this website, please call 1-800-430-3376 or text 38698 (standard carrier rates apply to texts) Similar in size to the latest Mercedes-Benz G-Class and powered by a modular range of six-cylinder BMW diesel and petrol engines, it’s expected to be priced from £40,000 when it hits the market late next year, initially as a five-door station wagon then “soon afterwards” as a four-door pick-up truck. Tennant and Heilmann say the project is running only a few weeks behind, despite Covid-19, and they’re looking now at ways of getting that time back. There are no hidden pillars or tricks with glass. We thought that was a good place to try to aim for.”. The station wagon body has three windows each side. independent rear end, was a automatic, original (v code) grenadier red paint with black accent stripe, interior is black, and the bucket seats are in place, also has upper and lower back seat. How we build out a network of physical sales points is also at the planning stage, although I think you could read a lot into how we have approached the rest of the project with partners. It’s the first car from the newly formed automotive division of the British chemical company, Ineos – and it’s been designed as a spiritual successor to the previous-generation Land Rover Defender. Ineos bosses have long said that the project will be profitable if it can achieve 25-35,000 annual sales, and Tennant revealed that the firm is planning to reveal its spec offerings and sales channels for the vehicle shortly. More than 17,000 would-be buyers have registered to buy Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s rugged new off-roader, the Ineos Grenadier, which appeared for the first time in public at London's Concours of Elegance last week. A double-cab pick-up version has been confirmed, while Dirk Heilmann has also promised that “we will have some electrification.” However, instead of a full EV, the company is more likely to use a hydrogen fuel-cell set-up, which Heilmann says is well suited to the ladder-frame chassis. 6 Aug 2020. The company says it will provide pre-fitted mounting points in the Grenadier’s chassis and body for additions such as light-bars and roof racks. "Sales-wise, we'll make some announcements soon. The Grenadier has been built to work, too. Most reminiscent of the Defender is the Grenadier’s body ‘shoulder’ that runs from the top of the front wings in a dead straight line right to the rear end. Production will take several years to ramp up for markets around the world, but insiders say it will be profitable at an annual output of about 25,000. There’s a tool-box sized storage crate in the rear, external wiring points and vertically split rear doors that open wide to reveal a space large enough for a Euro pallet. , the company is more likely to use a hydrogen fuel-cell set-up, which Heilmann says is well suited to the ladder-frame chassis. “Both, really. A short-wheelbase car may come after, alongside other versions. Copyright © Dennis Publishing Limited 2021. Two years ago, after forming Ineos Automotive, Ratcliffe enlisted his friend and favourite superyacht designer, Toby Ecuyer – who is usually based on the south coast of England – to form and lead the Grenadier design team. This is only the starting point for Ineos, though. You can unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe mechanism on any email you receive from us. They all shaped our plan for a vehicle that would be extremely capable but also very honest and uncomplicated.”. TFLtruck estimates a starting price for a Grenadier 4×4 should be close to $45,000 and go up from there with options. We saw the finished exterior but not the “hose-it-out” interior Ratcliffe has ordered because details are still being finalised. The Grenadier is a pub in the posh London district of Belgravia where Ratcliffe came up with the idea of such a no-frills 4x4. This would make is competitive against a starting price … And while Ineos will offer a raft of accessories, it will encourage owners to use existing kit and allow other companies to develop their own accessories. All rights reserved.Auto Express™ is a registered trade mark. There are some interesting parallels in surface design and design thinking. “The world of car retailing is moving rather rapidly at present,” he said ruefully. The Willys Jeep, obviously, and Land Rover, the Land Cruiser, Nissan Patrol, Ford Bronco – literally everything. I grew up on a farm in Derbyshire around tractors and Land Rovers, but I was interested in cars. CEO Dirk Heilmann said that the whole project involed a £600m investmen… So, is that a problem or a benefit for someone leading a new car company? The challenge is to get the components together and have them properly tested.”. And now, it’s fantastic to see Grenadier in the company of these legends. Search from 7979 Used Trucks for sale, including a 2010 Ford F150 Lariat, a 2011 RAM 2500 SLT, and a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ ranging in price from $1,500 to $129,900. Out back, the Grenadier wears a large set of taillight pucks and an asymmetrical split-door design with dual windows and a spare tire hanging off the large door. He also appointed former chemical engineer Dirk Heilmann as Ineos Automotive CEO and set him the task of creating the 4x4’s mechanical package, working with a band of engineers based mainly at Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. INEOS Grenadier 4×4: Everything you need to know Described as a spiritual successor to the Land Rover Defender, the INEOS Grenadier is a utilitarian 4x4 … Heilmann said he expects the Grenadier to be heavier than the old Defender 110, which is narrower but slightly longer, but that’s mostly because the Land Rover is a considerably simpler, less well-equipped vehicle with a much lighter powertrain. A double-cab pick-up version has been confirmed, while Dirk Heilmann has also promised that “we will have some electrification.” However, instead of a full. It sounded interesting, and it has been fascinating.”, “Well, I’ve learned that it isn’t necessarily wrong to change horses. Testing began last winter in Sweden. “It’s a tight schedule,” Heilmann said, “but by 2021 we want to be doing our first production runs, and at the end of 2021 we should have production cars coming off the line. Depending on spec, these engines make anything from 261bhp to nearly 400bhp in their BMW applications. The car’s relatively old-tech body-on-frame chassis, twin live axles and non-independent coil suspension are a rarity nowadays; even the Hilux has independent front suspension. “Every owner’s use for their vehicle will be different,” said Heilmann, “and we’re very happy with that.”. However, Ineos is understood to be in talks over the possible purchase of the Mercedes-owned Smart factory in France. He came up with the idea of building a replacement of his own when Jaguar Land Rover declined to sell him its designs or tooling to continue when production ceased at Solihull after 67 years in January 2016. Ratcliffe’s team have now announced that an all-new, purpose-built factory is under construction in Bridgend – the South Wales town hit by Ford’s announcement that it’s closing its engine plant. I think the Grenadier sits very naturally among these 4x4 icons, and if others agree, then we’ve achieved our design objective.”. The bulk of the assembly was initially expected to take place in a new factory in Bridgend, South Wales, meaning the Grenadier would have been British-built – despite Heilmann insistence that the car is an “international” project. Let me be clear: I have this same unsprung-mass-loving troglodyte living and breathing inside of me. It also shares the Land Rover’s slatted radiator grille, flat bonnet, round headlamps and upright windscreen – and, under the front bumper, there’s a thick sump guard. Interesting evidence of Ecuyer’s nautical design background abounds. It's a cut and paste old defender, amazed they haven't been done for copyright infringement! But I think it does have benefits.”, So, to make sure he was on the right track, Ecuyer studied a broad range of off-roaders for inspiration. Ineos Grenadier design leader. They could then market this as the Land Rover Defender Classic and sell it through their global dealer network. “We’ll be as direct as possible,” he says, “We won’t be entirely online – we want to give people the chance to kick tyres and take a test drive.”. It’s just honest.”. Read reviews and comparisons of the Ineos Grenadier range from Australia's motoring experts. That’s why we assembled our collection of vehicles for benchmarking. The new Grenadier is shown in a pure off-road style, old-fashioned, and with very square shapes. “We want to be really open-source about it.”. Ratcliffe, founder and majority owner of the £50 billion British petrochemicals group Ineos, is a steadfast devotee of the old Defender. 4X4 Australia. So, the Grenadier shares the same boxy proportions as the old Defender, with similarly angular doors and window glass. “You’ve got to have room for your elbows in the vehicle. “Not all modern SUVs were like this. It would be a low risk acquisition and give them a partner for a low profit vehicle which they can't really justify making on their own. We have seen it recently in spy photos. Heilmann told us: “A bit of both, really. Like most of the cars in that list, the Grenadier will feature a body-on-frame construction with a steel ladder-frame chassis. 99. Unveiled to the world today and set to begin an extensive 1.8 million-kilometre global testing program “in plain sight”, the unapologetically serious 4x4 wagon will go on sale in the UK and Europe in late 2021. The bulk of the assembly was initially expected to take place in a new factory in Bridgend, South Wales, meaning the Grenadier would have been British-built – despite Heilmann insistence that the car is an “international” project. Ineos will design factory-fit options and aftermarket kit for the Grenadier but isn’t shy about making it ‘open-source’ so other equipment makers can produce add-ons to suit. If this is a good vehicle then I half wonder if Land Rover might be wise to offer INEOS a deal for a 50% share of the company. It is fair to expect a high degree of digitilisation in that process - we certainly expect every customer to transact through us, even if the sale is facilitated through a dealer. I’m hoping people will recognise those things in the production car.”, Official: Ineos confirms Bridgend factory for Grenadier 4x4, Jaguar Land Rover readies 2021 Range Rover amid lockdown delays, Here is where retro, homage, tribute (all very fine sentiments) become subservience, slavish imitation, shameless appropriation (ethically and aesthetically the lowest of the low). See good deals, great deals and more on Used Trucks in Dallas, TX. Are you as passionate about cars as we are. "We want to keep the product offering simple - there won't be long options lists, although we will look at accessory packs that group lots of options together," he said. The Grenadier is a body-on-frame SUV with coil-sprung live axles front and rear. Like the windscreen, they and a lot of the panelling appear to be flat, but they aren’t quite. ... Ineos Grenadier is set to bring back the simple, durable 4x4 vehicle that adventurers and organisations want for off-road travel. The INEOS Grenadier is the first model of … African-spec vehicles were particularly interesting. So, if you can design a toaster well, I think you can design a car really well, too. And we looked at vans, lorries, Unimogs, military vehicles, tractors. However, the body is a complex mixture of aluminium, high-strength steel and composites. Not that we’re Luddites; it’s not spartan or out of date. Local store prices may vary from those displayed. And you’ve got to have the levels of connectivity, the screens, all the things that people have the right to expect now.”. "We also hope to encourage the aftermarket to to take the car on and offer degrees of personalisation if that's what they want. The Willys Jeep, obviously, and, – literally everything. The small door can be opened before the large one to provide access to the space-saver tool compartment that’s innovatively pressed into its skin below the glass. At the helm of the company is Dirk Heilmann. I was involved in the early talks about the Grenadier, then Jim asked me if I would like to be involved. Ecuyer said very gentle curvature confers a modern sophistication on the design it otherwise wouldn’t have. My sense is it wouldn't steal sales off the Defender anyway. To learn more about how we use the information you provide to us please see our, 2021 Ineos Grenadier: 17,000 would-be buyers register interest, The next Hamilton? Heilmann said that although the Grenadier’s performance will make off-roading a priority, its on-road ability will be “fine for anyone who’s used to driving, say, a Jeep Wrangler”. Ecuyer said: “If you can design one thing, you can design another. , to provide its 3.0-litre straight-six TwinPower turbo petrol and diesel engines for the Grenadier project. The Grenadier takes its name from a pub in Belgravia, London where, just three years ago, Ineos Chairman Sir Jim Radcliffe conceived the project – and from the beginning, his vision was to build a no-compromise, rugged off-roader whose form followed function. That means a potential total starting price that’s closer to £50,000 for those who can’t claim the tax back through their business. It might look like a cross between a Land Rover Defender and a Mercedes-Benz G-Class, but the INEOS Grenadier is all-new from the ground up. We thought that was a good place to try to aim for.”. My job is to help him get them onto paper. While the price has not been officially announced, Tennant estimated the Grenadier could sell for more than £40,000 in Britain, including tax, which translates to about $68,500 here. The Grenadier will have permanent four-wheel drive, a ladder-frame chassis and lockable differentials. “It has been fascinating, benchmarking all the cars we have. 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