Ineos Grenadier begins manufacturing


The Grenadier SUV developed by British chemical large Ineos has began manufacturing, the corporate mentioned on Tuesday.

That is greater than a yr later than initially deliberate, however lots has modified previously yr, and that is earlier than disruptions brought on by the pandemic are thought of.

Manufacturing takes place on the former Sensible plant in Hambach, France, which Ineos bought from Mercedes-Benz in 2020. A earlier plan was to assemble a brand new plant in Wales. Ineos made some key upgrades to the Hambach plant, together with including a brand new absolutely automated physique store and semi-automated paint store, and upgrading the final meeting facility. A contemporary high quality evaluation facility was additionally added to the location.

Ineos plant in Hambach, France

Ineos plant in Hambach, France

Deliveries within the first markets will begin in December. Ineos mentioned it already has 200 gross sales and repair websites established across the globe, and the corporate is within the strategy of signing up dealerships within the U.S. Ineos has beforehand hinted on the Grenadier beginning deliveries right here in 2023, although that date could also be pushed again.

The rugged, utilitarian off-roader attracts its title from an previous phrase for a specialised soldier (in addition to the London pub through which the thought was conceived), and contains a design clearly impressed by the unique Land Rover Defender. Ineos chief Jim Ratcliffe was prompted to develop the automobile after Land Rover introduced it was ending manufacturing of its unique Defender.

Seeing that there was nonetheless demand for a rugged, no-nonsense off-roader from the mining, forestry and agricultural industries, in addition to from fans, Ratcliffe needed to proceed providing a automobile like the unique Defender. Actually, he even tried to purchase the rights to the previous Defender from Land Rover however was denied.

Jim Ratcliffe

Jim Ratcliffe

Ineos teamed up with Austria’s Magna Steyr to develop the Grenadier. Magna helped Mercedes-Benz develop the G-Class and nonetheless builds the enduring SUV to this present day, so it is no shock the Grenadier bares some resemblance to the G-Class as nicely. A number of the testing passed off in the identical Austrian mountains the place G-Class improvement takes place, together with the well-known Schoeckl.

The Grenadier is predicated on a platform with body-on-frame building, stable axles with panhard rods entrance and rear, and progressive coil springs. To assist cut back weight, the physique is made out of a mixture of aluminum, high-strength steels and even some composites. Each common SUV and pickup physique types are deliberate.

Ineos plans only one powertrain for the U.S., a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 sourced from BMW. It is mated to an 8-speed automated and a four-wheel-drive system with a 2-speed switch case. A diesel is obtainable in different markets, and additional down the observe it may even have electrical energy.


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