Ineos Automotive has confirmed its new Grenadier will be offered with both petrol- and diesel-flavoured inline-six engines from BMW.
At the reveal of the upcoming “no-nonsense 4×4 vehicle for the world” (which will also be offered in double-cab bakkie form) in July 2020, the company simply said power would come from a BMW straight-six. Now, however, the firm has confirmed both petrol and diesel options will be offered from launch.
In a new YouTube video (which we first spotted on CarAdvice), Ineos revealed more about the engine and transmission options.
While not yet confirming output figures, the company did say BMW’s pair of 3,0-litre six-cylinder engines would be “specially calibrated” during a development process spanning “two to three years” (18 months of which have already been completed) and around 1,8 million kilometres.
“We know we can count on the BMW [engine]. It will fulfil all emissions standards in every market. We know we can adapt this engine for use in the Grenadier project,” said Georg Fuchs, module group lead engineer for powertrains at Magna Steyr, the Austrian firm assisting Ineos with the project.
“The most important this is to have a high amount of torque at low engine revs. We need a robust engine and we need an engine we can count on,” Fuchs added.
The Grenadier will be offered with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission (no manual gearbox is on the cards) and a transfer case “developed from a blank sheet of paper” (with permanent 4x4).
Production is slated to start in “late 2021”, with South Africa already identified as a potential market and local sales expected to start in early 2022 (interestingly, the firm sees the Grenadier as fresh competition for high-end double-cab bakkies).