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Ineos Grenadier Delayed to 2022

  • Greg Fitzgerald
  • May 13, 2021
Grenadier creator Jim Ratcliffe with his test mule truck

The Ineos Grenadier, the “spiritual successor” to the original Defender being underwritten by British chemical magnate billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, has been delayed until 2022, due to pandemic-related supply chain shortages and delays.

The Grenadier was originally supposed to launch later in 2021, and there are already over 130 test vehicles out in the world. They’ve done winter testing in Sweden, mountain testing at the Mercedes G-Wagen test area at Schöckl mountain in Austria, and soon will begin hot weather testing in the Middle East and Death Valley.

The Grenadier, originally planned to be a British-built successor to the traditional, body-on-frame Defender, is now being built in France due to the availability of a cheap former Smart car factory. The powertrains are provided by BMW, with diesel and gasoline units. (There has been no discussion of any electric variants, which are coming closer and closer to being a requirement to sell in some European markets.) Production is expected to be 15,000-20,000 trucks a year once production eventually begins, with a starting point around $65,000.

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  • Greg Fitzgerald
  • Adventure addict. '90s Land Rover daily driver. Historic preservationist. Personal vehicles: 1994 Discovery I, 1994 Range Rover Classic, 1961 Series II.
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