The manufacturer of the G-Class will bring to the series an SUV with the Defender philosophyDecember 17, 2019
A large engineering company joined the Granadier project
The automotive division of the chemical concern Ineos, which is developing an SUV with the “philosophy of the classic Land Rover Defedner,” has entered into an agreement with the Austrian Magna Steyr, at the facilities of which the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is now assembled. An engineering firm will help bring the prototype to the state of a production model.
For the first time about the Grenadier project – while the SUV appears only under this name – they started talking in 2016. Ineos CEO Jim Ratcliffe tried to negotiate with Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors to revive the classic Defender. However, he was refused and was forced to start developing his own machine, ideologically close to the cult Briton. Ratcliffe created a new division of Ineos Automotive, led by former chief technologist Ineos Dirk Heilmann and attracted large firms to the project.
According to preliminary information, the Grenadier will be based on a steel staircase frame designed by Ineos. The body is made entirely of aluminum. BMW will supply gasoline and diesel in-line Sixes 3.0 for an SUV; their development was entrusted to the motor division of Magna International.
Ineos’ new partner, Magna Steyr, will create a commercial vehicle. 150-200 MBtech engineers and about 50 own specialists were involved in the development of the car. One “mule” was built, and since the summer of 2016 it has been tested in the Austrian Alps.
Magna Steyr already has experience in creating machines to conquer serious off-road. The most famous of them is the Steyr-Daimler-Puch Pinzgauer, an all-terrain vehicle for the Swiss army, built in the late 1960s.
Now at the facilities of Magna Steyr they are assembling Mercedes-Benz G-Class, BMW 5-Series, Jaguar E-Pace and I-Pace, BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra. The Defender-style SUV will be launched by Ineos at a factory in Bridgend, Wales. The model is planned to be launched on the market in 2021. Investments in the project will amount to 600 million pounds.
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