There is about a year of development left for the Ineos Grenadier, and the process is now moving to full vehicle testing, rather than just working on individual components or systems. A new video shows the current state of the SUV, including details on the powertrain.
While we knew that Ineos had partnered with BMW for the Grenadier engines, this video ultimately showed footage of them. The SUV is available as a 3.0-liter straight-six petrol or diesel engine. Ineos’ partner Magna-Steyr takes care of fine-tuning the engines to be better for an SUV by producing more torque at low revs.
The Grenadier will not be available with a manual gearbox, according to the engineer in this video. Instead, the SUV receives a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. To be better off-road, the powertrain uses a transfer case with full-time four-wheel drive. Drivers can choose between high and low range, in addition to locking the differential.
Ineos’ idea behind this powertrain is that it should be easy to drive for everyone. In most situations, the permanent four-wheel drive system is able to determine where to put power. Then there’s always the option of going into the low range and locking the diff to get out of a really sticky situation.
With all the components of Grenadier ready, Magna Steyr is preparing for a worldwide test campaign. The goal is to cover 1.8 million kilometers (1,118,468 miles) on SUVs to refine them.
The Grenadier is a modern reinterpretation of the classic Land Rover Defender. Jaguar Land Rover even tried to file a complaint for the aesthetic similarity between the two vehicles. A judge ruled that the differences “may be insignificant, or even unrecorded, with average consumers.”