Saw my first Grenadier today in Denver. I looks similar to older Land Rovers. Gas engines from BMW, automatic transmissions from ZF, the German transmission company that supplies most of the transmissions in Ram trucks with gas engines. No plans for diesel engines to the US. This off-roader is a world truck, made on the border of France and Germany. The US will get some of the production later this year. Australia will also be a major market for the new SUV. Towing capacity is close to 7700 lbs. It will be interesting to see how the Grenadier will compete in the USA against Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco. More video’s to come.
Press release: Grenadier coming to America
INEOS Automotive confirms role of The HALO Trust in developing its Grenadier 4×4
- The HALO Trust – the world’s largest landmine charity – has been working with the Grenadier team for the last two years
- INEOS aims to develop a fleet of bespoke Grenadiers suitable for HALO operations
- HALO shares insights of running 600 vehicles in remote and extreme conditions
- Seeing how HALO maintains and repairs vehicles for life-saving work – across 25 countries – is benefiting Grenadier’s development
INEOS Automotive confirms The HALO Trust as a development partner for its uncompromising Grenadier 4X4. INEOS is aiming to develop a fleet of bespoke Grenadiers suitable for HALO operations, capable of supporting its lifesaving work in 25 post-war countries.
The HALO Trust is the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance and weapons disposal organisation. With a worldwide fleet of over 600 4X4 vehicles, the joint British and American charity operates off-roaders in some of the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet.
“From mountain tracks to urban battlefields, HALO goes further to find and destroy landmines,” said James Cowan, CEO of The HALO Trust. “This means that we need a vehicle fleet fit for war zones, rainforests and deserts. Our 9,000 deminers are some of the most resilient people on the planet – they need a vehicle they can rely on to keep them safe and get the job done. We want to share our experiences with INEOS to help build an off-roader ready for the challenges of the 21st century.”
“I hugely admire the HALO Trust’s mission and the dedication of the HALO team. It is a real privilege to work with them. With decades of experience of running a large number of vehicles in extreme conditions, we could think of no better organisation on Earth for helping us to develop Grenadier,” said Dirk Heilmann, CEO of INEOS Automotive. “All the knowledge and insight HALO is sharing with us is incredibly valuable to the engineering programme, and will ultimately help us create the toughest, most capable vehicle for all users.”
INEOS has been working with HALO since 2020, when it joined an active HALO operation in Angola and saw the charity’s vehicles negotiating pitted, rocky and sometimes undriveable roads. Seeing how drivers deal with the terrain and repair vehicles in challenging conditions and with only basic tools has helped shape the ongoing development of the Grenadier. HALO has worked in Angola for 27 years, and its mission there was highlighted by Princess Diana’s landmark visit in 1997.
Over the next 12 months, more than 130 second-phase prototypes are being deployed as part of the vehicle’s ongoing worldwide 1.8 million kilometre testing and development programme. Grenadier prototypes will join active HALO projects, including in Kosovo. These development activities will be used by INEOS and HALO to assess the vehicle’s on- and off-road capabilities, as well as the ease of service, maintenance and repair in the field.
In future, INEOS aims to develop a fleet of bespoke Grenadiers for The HALO Trust, with features specific to its operational needs. These include anchor points to fit protective mine-proof belly armor and safe storage for mine-clearance tools. They will also need to be easily convertible into ambulances for the safe evacuation of potential casualties.
Grenadier coming to America
Sarah Pelling, Head of PR, INEOS Automotive
+44 (0) 7887 451773
Louise Vaughan, Global Media Manager, The HALO Trust
+44 (0) 7984 203075
About INEOS Grenadier
In 2017, INEOS Chairman Jim Ratcliffe, a car enthusiast and experienced adventurer, identified a gap in the market for a stripped back, utilitarian, hard-working 4×4 engineered for modern day compliance and reliability. INEOS Automotive Limited was formed and a senior team of automotive professionals assembled to bring the vision to reality with a fresh perspective of 4×4 development and manufacturing.
Combining rugged British spirit and design with German engineering rigors, the Grenadier will be a truly uncompromising 4×4 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.
INEOS Automotive is a subsidiary of INEOS Group (www.ineos.com), a leading manufacturer of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals and oil products. It employs 22,000 people across 34 businesses, with a production network spanning 183 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries. From paints to plastics, textiles to technology, medicines to mobile phones, materials manufactured by INEOS enhance almost every aspect of modern life. In 2019, INEOS had sales of circa $61bn and EBITDA of around $6bn.
To find out more about Grenadier, visit www.ineosgrenadier.com