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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Project Grenadier intended to bring back the Defender with more fresh modern look

Have you ever heard the name of Project Grenadier? If not, it is very reasonable, because this project itself is still fairly new. Yes, Project Grenadier itself is a project initiated by INEOS Automotive with the main objective is to bring back the Land Rover Defender (the old model) which has been ceased production by its manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) with the different engine packaging, but the taste and functions remain the same as the Defender we know.
INEOS Automotive assembly plant at Bridgend, South Wales. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2lB5upE)
So, for those of You who not known yet the Project Grenadier or INEOS Automotive, we will give a short explanation. As we all know, that INEOS itself is a multinational company based in the UK engaged in the field of chemistry. Well, in 2016 INEOS CEO Sir Jim Ratcliffe initiated to found a subsidiary in automotive manufacturing field called INEOS Automotive. Initally, with none of the automotive background, even his name is closely related to the world of shipping and the chemical industry. But many people known well him also as a big fan of cars, and adventurers.
INEOS Automotive founder, Sir Jim Ratcliffe posed along with a classic Land Rover Defender. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mD4YHP)
His passion to the cars and adventures which later made him fall in love with the Land Rover Defender figures. And when its manufacturer decided to stop Defender's production, instantly made Jim and some of his colleagues 'mourned' for those car production cessation at the Grenadier pub in Knightbridge, London. 

Well, that's where the idea to bring back the Defender figures without through its previous manufacturer also appeared. The idea is projected to be realized through the INEOS Automotive which later gave birth the Project Grenadier. And what next, of course now Jim and his colleagues are trying to make the project into reality through the INEOS Automotive.

INEOS Automotive scheduled the launch of the cars which were the result of the Project Grenadier in 2020, and planned to produce it as many as 25 thousand to 35 thousand units a year. Reportedly, the Grenadier Project itself will produce an SUV whose price will be equivalent to a double cabin with high spec. To realize this project, INEOS itself collaborates with several other parties such as BMW and MBTech Group. It's also said that INEOS will use the BMW TwinPower Turbo as the engine of their Project Grenadier SUV.

The Project Grenadier SUV itself will use a ladder frame model made of steel and also an aluminum body frame which will have a towing capacity of 3.5 tons. INEOS Automotive has also revealed its plans to build a new assembly plant in Wales at Bridgend and will put together the chassis and bodies coming in from its also-new plant in Portugal, with engines supplied by BMW.
By combining rugged British spirit with German engineering rigour, the Grenadier will be a truly uncompromising 4x4 built from the ground up. Engineered to overcome all conditions, it will provide best-in-class off-road capability, durability and reliability to those who depend on a vehicle as a working tool, wherever they are in the world. So, for now on we'll wait and see. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | INEOS AUTOMOTIVE | CAR BUZZ]
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