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INEOS LIFTS THE CURTAINS ON THE NEW FUSILIER

INEOS Automotive has unveiled its brand new 4X4 vehicle, the INEOS Fusilier, following the confirmation of a zero-emission model line in May 2022. The new vehicle will deliver world-class off-road capability, with zero compromise to on-road performance, and offers both zero and low emission options.

Reveal of Ineos Fusilier, The Grenadier, Knightsbridge, London February 23, 2024

 Unveiled in London by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, it was confirmed that alongside the previously announced all-electric powertrain (BEV), a low emission range-extender electric is in development to ensure the INEOS Fusilier meets the broadest range of global consumer needs whilst pushing towards decarbonisation. The range-extender option consists of a small petrol engine that powers a generator to maintain the charge level of the battery for when external charging isn’t available. Confirmation of the alternative powertrain details and launch timings are expected by autumn 2024.

 Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Chairman of INEOS says, “As we developed this vehicle, we quickly concluded that in order to move towards decarbonisation but continue making cars that consumers want to drive, we need a mix of powertrain technologies. BEVs are perfect for certain uses: shorter trips and urban deliveries, but industry and governments need to have realistic expectations around other technologies that can help accelerate the necessary pace of change. That is the reason we are offering an additional powertrain for the Fusilier, one that dramatically reduces emissions but has the range and refuelling capabilities needed.

Reveal of Ineos Fusilier, The Grenadier, Knightsbridge, London February 23, 2024

 Developed in conjunction with industry-leading automotive supplier, Magna, which will also manufacture the vehicle in its facility in Graz, Austria, the INEOS Fusilier will represent a unique proposition for customers. Building on the Grenadier’s DNA with a modern direction and distinctive identity, the new 4X4 will be slightly shorter in length and slightly lower in height. It will be built on a bespoke skateboard platform with a steel top hat and underbody, and aluminium doors and closures.

INEOS partnered with Magna on the development of the Grenadier station wagon and Quartermaster pick-up. As one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers and independent contract manufacturers, Magna produces a number of conventional ICE, hybrid and electric vehicles for various automakers. Part of the development process for the INEOS Fusilier will include a rigorous testing programme on Austria’s Schöckl mountain, close to Magna’s complete vehicle assembly facility in Graz.

Reveal of Ineos Fusilier, The Grenadier, Knightsbridge, London February 23, 2024

Lynn Calder, CEO of INEOS Automotive, comments, “Announcing our third model line is another significant milestone for INEOS Automotive, cementing our intent as an automotive manufacturer – like our full vehicle line-up, we are here for the long-haul.”

Reveal of Ineos Fusilier, The Grenadier, Knightsbridge, London February 23, 2024

Demonstrating its wider commitment to future decarbonisation, INEOS Automotive also unveiled a Grenadier Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Demonstrator at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2023. The Demonstrator proves that the technology for a hydrogen powered 4X4 is capable and ready for production, but the refuelling infrastructure needs to be in place before it is commercially viable.  

Some highlights of the reveal.

Reveal of Ineos Fusilier, The Grenadier, Knightsbridge, London February 23, 2024
  • Design and engineering direction to appeal to those who seek a modern classic with serious off-road capability.
  • Updating the archetypal 4X4 for an electrified powertrain to minimise drag without impacting the functional design sees a smoothing of body lines and a more athletic style.
  • Chamfered edges and corners assist with uninterrupted airflow and maintaining that crucial unobstructed visibility over the road and terrain ahead.
  • Exterior functional features have been cleverly incorporated into the bodywork for a more stylised appeal. There when you need them, out of sight when you don’t.
  • Active grille shutters have been introduced to manage airflow at the front of the vehicle depending on its cooling or range-efficiency requirements, opening and closing automatically as required.
  • Extensive use of flushed glazing and the integration of secondary features such as the side steps, boxed wheel arches and skid plates create a cohesive look, hinting at its dual-purpose functionality while maximising aerodynamics.
  • Familial style aspects seen on the Grenadier and Quartermaster include 7” circular all-LED lighting front and rear, symbolising the strength of a steel tube running fore and aft, visible B-pillar between the doors and 4-way roof strengthening structure.
  • Door hinges are on-show, now recessed for airflow, and the wide horizontal front grille features twin LED working lamps for maximum illumination – integrated within a streamlined surround.

The all-new INEOS Fusilier follows in the very capable footsteps of the Grenadier, building on its DNA with a modern direction and distinctive identity. The Fusilier’s design is an evolution of the instantly recognisable proportions of a traditional 4X4 with a suite of sophisticated features that successfully maximise its aerodynamic efficiency.

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