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INEOS Automotive announces powertrain partnership with BMW



INEOS Automotive, the company behind Projekt Grenadier- an attempt to build a ‘spiritual successor’ to the original Land Rover Defender- has this week announced a new powertrain technology partnership with BMW.
INEOS Automotive's new 4x4 is still under development but could be ready as soon as 2020 or 2021
(Image via INEOS Automotive).

The partnership will see BMW supplying its TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines, which are famed for their durability, performance and efficiency to INEOS.

The announcement is a major step forward for INEOS’s plans to build an uncompromising 4x4, a new-from-the-ground-up vehicle built on all-new architecture, inspired by the off-road originals such as the Willys Jeep, Series 1 Land Rover, and J40 Toyota Land Cruiser.

The partnership will also help INEOS fulfil its very ambitious production targets; the company has suggested the new Grenadier could be available as soon as 2020-21.

At present, development of the vehicle is centred in Germany where INEOS is working with its engineering partners MBtech. This has been mirrored by significant growth of the INEOS Automotive organisation in London, where the commercial, finance, supply chain, HR and IT teams now number 50 strong.

Commenting on the partnership, Dirk Heilmann, CEO of INEOS Automotive, says:

“This technology partnership is a very significant milestone for Projekt Grenadier – we are delighted BMW Group will supply engines for our new off-roader. Its reputation as a maker of extremely reliable, high performance engines that offer total durability, efficiency and quality is second to none. Simply put, it builds the best engines in the world. Working with BMW Group is another major step forward in ensuring we deliver on our vision to build an uncompromising 4x4 with the ultimate in engineering integrity”.

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