The revived Land Rover Defender will be assembled at the Ford plantNovember 2, 2018
Engineering MBtech and Magna International were attracted to the development of the SUV
The management of the petrochemical corporation Ineos is in talks with Ford about the possibility of building an SUV with Land Rover Defender philosophy at the facilities of an engine factory in Bridgend, South Wales. To do this, they can use the part of the enterprise where they produce engines for Jaguar Land Rover.
In July 2016, the British billionaire and head of Ineos Jim Ratcliffe was going to buy from Land Rover the rights to the Defender trademark and part of the assembly line for the production of an SUV. After the refusal, the businessman decided to independently develop a machine with a “Defender philosophy” called Grenadier.
In February of this year, the newly formed division Ineos Automotive entered into an agreement with the German engineering firm MBtech. It was assumed that the company, partly owned by Mercedes-Benz, by the end of 2018 will create test mules and the first prototypes of the car – according to the management of Ineos, a truly reliable and uncompromising SUV. The design and construction of the Grenadier chassis is entrusted to Magna International.
Automotive News cites the Financial Times and claims that the decision on the place of production of the SUV Ineos will take until the end of the year. In addition to Bridgend, there are several other “interesting options” on the list of potential sites.