In July 2016 Ratcliff was going to buy part of the Assembly line and production rights Defender.
BMW will supply petrol and diesel engines for the SUV with the “philosophy of Land Rover Defender” the development of which is engaged in Automotive Ineos, owned by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe. Previously to the construction of the car drew engineering firm MBtech and Magna International.
This writes the Chronicle.info with reference to motor.ru.
Based SUV, built in the framework of the project “Grenadier” (the Grenadier), will be designed Ineos steel frame, ladder type. Body entirely made of aluminium. The development attracted 150-200 MBtech engineers and about 50 experts Ineos. Built one mule, and since last summer it is tested in the Austrian Alps.
In July 2016 Ratcliff was going to buy part of the Assembly line and production rights Defender, but was refused. After that, there was information that the billionaire will build its own plant or use a factory Ford to manufacture engines in Bridgend, South Wales.
It is unknown what will be the design of the “Grenadier”, but the company expects that they will be able to develop a unique signature style. Externally, the SUV is likely to be similar to the original Land Rover Defender: a small width, short base and flat glazing.
The company said about high maintainability, unpretentious to quality of fuel, special approach to the choice of trim materials, and the positioning of the car as the “workhorse” for the markets of Africa, Australia, and also for use in parks non-governmental organizations. It is expected that the world premiere of the SUV Ineos will take place in 2020. The machine will begin in mid-2021.