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Production of the Ineos Grenadier 4×4 has finally begun after several delays, with vehicles rolling off the factory assembly line and heading to customers around the world since December.

Demonstrators from Australia will arrive here at Christmas and car buyers will start lobbying here from January 2023.

A hardcore SUV designed to fill the Land Rover Defender-shaped void in the market – the original model, not the new – produced at the old Daimler plant in Hambach, France.

MORE: 2023 Ineos Grenadier Price and Specifications

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Since 2019, the plant has received a $770 million upgrade funded by Mercedes-Benz and Ineos.

“We’ve come a long way since launching the project in 2017 and this is a landmark moment for Ineos Automotive as a car manufacturer,” said commercial director Mark Tennant.

“Getting to this point is a testament to the resilience and hard work of the entire Ineos Automotive team, our development partners and our suppliers.”

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Global supply chain issues “continue to hold back production,” the company added, but said volume deliveries to customers were expected before the end of the year.

Australia is a key market for Ineos Automotive, where it sees opportunities to steal sales from the Toyota LandCruiser 70 – orders for which they remain on hold as its manufacturer clears the backlog.

Australian retail footprint will consist of 29 sitespart of a planned global network of 200 people in 50 countries by the end of 2022. full list of locations includes a few urban locations but is largely concentrated in regional areas.

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Instead of the traditional franchise model, Ineos will operate using an agency business model in Australia.

Its dealers are called “partners” and are responsible for displaying products, conducting test drives, delivering cars to customers and offering after-sales service. Ineos controls inventory and pricing, and pays its partners a “direct commission” on sales.

Ineos APAC regional head Justin Hochevar said the strong regional presence signals “to those living on the large capital islands on our coast that when they travel they have access to the support they need”.

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This is also partly due to the ability to quickly deliver spare parts to owners. Ineos’ first global parts warehouse is in Belgium, and the second will be in Melbourne. It is due to open “very close” to the start of Ineos sales.

As well as its own service centres, Ineos says it takes an open source approach to servicing. It makes service manuals and repair information readily available, and launches an e-commerce platform that allows independent mechanics to find and buy parts.

A similar approach was used with accessories – a vital part of the 4×4 landscape.

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“We have taken a fairly open approach to dealing with the secondary market,” added Mr Gochevar. “We went to after-sales service exhibitions, we talked to them [manufacturers].”

“We’re just starting to exchange agreements with some of them where we can provide them with CAD data, and we’ve agreed to give them early access to production [cars] so that they can engage in development,” he explained.

“It’s the exact opposite of the traditional way of saying, ‘Well, I’m going to wrap my arms around my OEM line of accessories and protect them as long as possible until the aftermarket reacts a year or two after launch.’

“We put ourselves on the front foot even before we start selling,” he said.

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What is Ineos Grenadier?

Grenadier is the brainchild of Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a billionaire British engineer and chairman of multinational petrochemical giant Ineos. No money was spared for his passion project.

The official version says that in 2017, Ratcliffe hung out in London’s Grenadier pub, lamenting Land Rover’s decision to kill the old Defender and replace it with a more modern and luxurious SUV model.

Domestically, Australia is considered the “primary launch market” for the ladder-frame solid-axle Grenadier, along with Europe, the US and South Africa, meaning locals get priority access to cars many brands want.

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The special vehicle designs were created by Magna in Austria and underwent an extensive torture test program.

Two body styles are offered at launch in Australia. The Grenadier Utility Wagon is a full-height, flat-floor, two-seater vehicle that can support a standard 1200mm x 800mm Euro pallet. Station Wagon – five-seater.

Power comes from two BMW 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines. Petrol – 210 kW of power and 450 Nm of torque, and diesel – 183 kW and 550 Nm.

Both engines are mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission (codenamed 8HP51 for petrol, 8HP76 for diesel), with what Ineos calls a new “heavy duty” torque converter.

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All Grenadiers come standard with permanent four-wheel drive (4WD), with low range accessed via a Tremec 2.5:1 two-speed transfer case.

In line with the class leaders, the Grenadier will also have a braked towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.

Ground clearance is listed as 264mm, wading depth of 800mm, approach angle of 36.3 degrees, departure angle of over 28.2 degrees and departure angle of 36.1 degrees. Powder coated skid plates and fuel tank plate are standard.

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Pricing

Grenadier Utility Wagon (two seater)

  • Ineos Grenadier Base 2023 Petrol & Diesel: $84,500
  • 2023 Ineos Grenadier Trailmaster Petrol & Diesel: $95,495
  • 2023 Ineos Grenadier Fieldmaster, Petrol & Diesel: $95,495

Grenadier Station Wagon (five seater)

  • Ineos Grenadier Base 2023 Petrol & Diesel: $85,500
  • 2023 Ineos Grenadier Trailmaster Petrol & Diesel: $96,495
  • 2023 Ineos Grenadier Fieldmaster, petrol and diesel: $96,495

All prices do not include travel costs.

MORE: 2023 Ineos Grenadier Price and SpecificationsMORE: Australian retail sites have announced that orders for the Ineos Grenadier will open in MayMORE: 2022 Ineos Grenadier Review: Driving PrototypeMORE: Ineos Grenadier hardcore 4×4 in Australia next year from $84,500MORE: Ineos plans to support independent mechanics and the 4×4 aftermarketMORE: How is the development of the Ineos Grenadier 4×4 tracked?MORE: The Ineos Grenadier 2022 is coming to Australia

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