Ineos Automotive is set to begin UK delivery of the Grenadier this August, but the automaker is already working to expand its lineup. The new member of the Ineos family will be a small fully electric off-roader attached by a long Grenadier pickup. Thus, the Ineos Range will mimic the 90, 110, and 130 bodystyle variants of the Land Rover Defender.
Ragged EV based on a new platform
As Jim Ratcliffe, chairman of Inios, noted, it was not possible to minimize Grenadier’s platform due to engineering constraints. Thus, it was decided to offer the smaller model exclusively in EV form. Ineos suggests that the EV will be based on a completely new platform and retain its “workhorse DNA and off-road capabilities” which indicates a body-on-frame architecture.
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We suspect that the EV’s exterior design will integrate similar styling signals with the Boxi Grenadier, heavily inspired by previous generations of Land Rover Defenders. After all, Ineos Automotive’s goal with Grenadier was to create a spiritual successor to the original defender, which closed in 2016.
According to Automotive News Europe, Enos’ first EV will be manufactured at the former Daimler plant in Hambach, France, next to the Grenadier. The UK-based company did not disclose the target launch date or the name of the electric off-roader. Rivals will include the upcoming complete electric version of the Jeep Wrangler, a possible Ford Bronco EV, and the VW Group Scout revival.
The Ineos Grenadier pickup is coming
For the third model of the lineup, it will be a pickup version of the Grenadier, similar to the original Defender 130 pickup, with a 3,226mm (127-inch) long wheelbase as a prelude to the concept. Remember, Land Rover has taken a different route with the new Defender 130, which was recently revealed as a longer version of the Defender 110, which has a Rumier cabin with eight seats.
The Ineos Grenadier is available in the UK from BMW with a petrol and diesel turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, the only petrol variant being offered in the US market. Last year, Ineos announced an investment of 2 billion euros for a zero-emission grenade using hydrogen fuel-cell technology, with tests set to begin by the end of 2022.