Normally, we don't like group photos during gatherings. Getting everyone together into one shot and looking at the camera at the same time isn't easy, especially if you have a rowdy group.
For this one, however, we'll make an exception as it involves the modernized spitting image of the original Land Rover Defender, the Ineos Grenadier, and a few of its other legendary friends.
The first Grenadier Prototype completed by newcomer Ineos was brought to the Concours of Elegance in London, and it just so happens to have posed for photographs with some distant 4x4 relatives. These include the first-ever production Land Rover (JUE777), a restored 1980 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, a 1988 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, and a 1944 Willys Jeep used by the U.S. Navy in the Second World War.
“We received some great feedback following our recent reveal of the new Grenadier, and this is now the first time we’re showing the vehicle at a public event in the UK,” said Dirk Heilmann, CEO at Ineos Automotive. “It’s very fitting that the vehicle is being showcased alongside a collection of off-road icons. They have served as the inspiration for the Grenadier project and represent the uncompromising go-anywhere spirit that the new vehicle will deliver for customers around the world.”
Actually, all of the vehicles in the photograph are from Ineos, and were used to benchmark the Grenadier; no, it wasn't just the Defender. And even though the photo involves “distant relatives”, Ineos says these vehicles played a key role in the development of the model.
The founder of Ineos, car enthusiast and adventurer Sir Jim Ratcliffe, saw the need for a “stripped back, utilitarian, hardworking 4x4 engineered for modern-day compliance and reliability, planting the seeds for the Grenadier.
“At the outset of the Grenadier project, we brought some of the great 4x4s of the past into the studio to look closely at what made them so enduring,” said Toby Ecuyer, Head of Design at Ineos Automotive. “And now, it’s fantastic to see Grenadier in the company of these legends. You can see common design traits and proportions, and certainly the same clarity of purpose. I think the Grenadier sits very naturally among these 4x4 icons, and if others agree, then we’ve achieved our design objective.”
Ineos says the Grenadier Prototype is an uncompromising 4x4 with true off-road capability. The production model is currently in development with the support of Magna Steyr. Ineos is aiming for a total of 1.8 million kilometers of testing in off-road and on-road conditions.
They expect production to begin in late 2021.