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Ineos Grenadier starts production


The company said the Grenadier SUV developed by British chemical giant Ineos began production on Tuesday.

A year later than originally planned, but a lot has changed in the past year, and that was before the disruptions caused by the pandemic were considered.

Production takes place at the former Smart factory in Hambach, France, Ineos buy from Mercedes-Benz in 2020. The previous plan was to build a new factory in Wales. Ineos has made a number of important upgrades to the Hambach plant, including the addition of a new fully automated tuning workshop and semi-automatic paint shop, and an upgrade to the general assembly facility. A modern quality assessment facility has also been added to the site.

Ineos factory in Hambach, France

Ineos factory in Hambach, France

Deliveries to the first markets will begin in December. Ineos says it already has 200 sales and service sites established globally, and the company is in the process. Register agent in the US. Ineos has previously hinted at the Grenadier starting deliveries here in 2023, although that date could be pushed back.

This rugged, practical off-road vehicle takes its name from an old word for a special forces soldier (as well as the London pub from which the concept was conceived), and has a design inspired by the Land. Original Rover Defender. Ineos director Jim Ratcliffe was pushed to develop the vehicle after Land Rover announced it was discontinuing production of its original Defender.

Realizing that there was still demand for a rugged, quiet off-road vehicle from the mining, forestry and agricultural industries, as well as from enthusiasts, Ratcliffe wanted to continue to offer a vehicle. same as the original Defender. In fact, he even tried to buy back the rights to the old Defender from Land Rover but was refused.

Jim Ratcliffe

Jim Ratcliffe

Ineos partnered with Magna Steyr of Austria to develop Grenadier. Magna helped Mercedes-Benz develop the G-Class and still builds the iconic SUV to this day, so it’s no surprise that the Grenadier also bears some resemblance to the G-Class. A lot of testing took place in the same mountains of Austria, where the development of the G-Class took place, including the famous Schoeckl.

The Grenadier is based on a platform with a body-on-frame construction, solid axles with stiffened front and rear bars, and continuously coiled springs. To help reduce weight, the bodywork is made from a mixture of aluminum, high-strength steel and even some composites. Both conventional SUV and pickup body styles were planned.

The Ineos intends to have only one powertrain for the US, a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter inline-6 ​​turbocharged engine. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with a 2-speed transmission. A diesel engine is offered in other markets, and beyond, it can There is also electricity.

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