Ineos Fusilier revealed with production ready car set for 2027

Kenneth John Published: February 28, 2024, 02:05 PM IST

Ineos Automotive has revealed its third off-road vehicle, the electrically driven Fusilier. The new off-road vehicle has two drive modes: entirely electric and electric with a range extender. The Fusilier will join the Grenadier 4x4 and the future Quartermaster pick-up truck in the Ineos lineup.

The new Fusilier is not all that smaller than the Grenadier. The new 4X4 will be 13 inches shorter than the Grenadier and somewhat lower in height as well. The resemblance is undeniable though, due to the round LED headlamps, significantly flared wheel arches, and slab-sided design. It also looks to have the same split tailgate configuration as its larger sibling.

Coincidently, the Ineos Fusilier has been developed in conjunction with and will be manufactured by Austrian firm Magna, who also builds the G-Class, among other vehicles like the new Fisker Ocean electric SUV.

The majority of the improvements from the Grenadier are aimed toward improving aerodynamics and hence increasing battery range. The corners have been flattened, the grille has active shutters, and the glazing, wheel arches, and skid plates are more flush.

It will provide two powertrain options: an all-electric battery vehicle (BEV) and a range extender (REx). The all-electric option has a target range of 400 kilometres, which the REx will extend owing to a supplemental combustion engine.

The REx will utilize the same electric motor as the all-electric BEV Fusilier, but it will also include a tiny petrol engine that drives a generator to keep the battery charged.

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."

More details about the powertrains and the introduction of the Ineos Fusilier are due to be revealed at a later date, though Lynn Calder, CEO of Ineos Automotive has stated that the production-ready car will only be ready by 2027.

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