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BEV, range extender for smaller Ineos Fusilier

Ineos debuts its electrified Fusilier “green machine” built with full off-road capability

28 Feb 2024

EXPECTED to arrive Down Under some time in 2026 is a new, smaller Ineos 4x4 model called the Fusilier that was shown publicly for the first time concurrently in London and at Geneva International Motor Show.


The boxy but handsome five-door newcomer sits under the Grenadier and its Quartermaster ute derivative size-wise and will offer a choice of two 4x4 powertrains in battery electric and range extender hybrid configurations, each delivering what Ineos describes as “world-class off-road capability, with zero compromise to on-road performance”. 


Ineos chair and CEO Sir Jim Ratcliffe officiated at the London reveal, where he confirmed that alongside the previously announced all-electric powertrain, a low-emission range-extender is in development to ensure the Ineos Fusilier meets a broad 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 is unavailable. But confirmation of the alternative powertrain’s details and launch timings are not expected until later in 2024.


Speaking at the Fusilier event, Sir Ratcliffe said: “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.


Ineos Automotive CEO Lynn Calderd described the brand’s third model annoumcement as "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.”


Ineos said in a statement the Fusilier “will present a unique proposition for customers,” and was developed in conjunction with automotive supplier Magna Steyr, which will also manufacture the vehicle at its facility in Graz, Austria – likely taking over the Jaguar I-Pace's production line once that model is discontinued early next year.


The Fusilier builds on the Grenadier’s DNA with a modern direction and distinctive identity, the new 4X4 being slightly shorter in length and slightly lower, built on a bespoke skateboard platform with a steel top hat and underbody plus aluminium doors and closures.

Ineos has previously partnered with Magna Steyr on the development of the Grenadier station wagon and Quartermaster ute.


As one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers and independent contract manufacturers, Magna Steyr 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 program on Austria's Schöckl mountain, close to Magna's complete vehicle assembly facility in Graz.


Mid last year, Ineos Automotive unveiled a Grenadier hydrogen fuel cell technology demonstrator at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July showing its wider commitment to future decarbonisation.  


According to Ineos, 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.

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