The first Ineos Grenadier prototype will be making a rare public outing this weekend when it puts in an appearance at a hugely popular classic car event.
The Grenadier prototype will be on display at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace on the outskirts of London from September 4-6.
The event will see the Grenadier playing a supporting role to Ineos Automotive’s collection of legendary off-road vehicles, which have all helped to inspire the Grenadier.
The new car maker’s Concours display will feature a number of historic 4x4s – including the first ever production Land-Rover (registration JUE 477), a full and sympathetic restoration of which has recently been completed.
Also on display are a fully restored Toyota FJ40 (1980), a Willys Jeep (1944) used by the US Navy in the Second World War and a classic Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen (1988).
The Grenadier has been dubbed the spiritual successor to the old Land Rover Defender, which was produced at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull factory for almost 70 years until production came to an end in January 2016.
Toby Ecuyer, head of design at Ineos Automotive said: “At the outset of the Grenadier project, we brought some of the great 4x4s of the past into the studio to look closely at what made them so enduring.
“And now, it’s fantastic to see Grenadier in the company of these legends.
“You can see common design traits and proportions, and certainly the same clarity of purpose.
“I think the Grenadier sits very naturally among these 4×4 icons, and if others agree, then we’ve achieved our design objective.”
Dirk Heilmann, CEO at Ineos Automotive, said: “We received some great feedback following our recent reveal of the new Grenadier, and this is now the first time we’re showing the vehicle at a public event in the UK.
“It’s very fitting that the vehicle is being showcased alongside a collection of off-road icons.
“They have served as the inspiration for the Grenadier project and represent the uncompromising go-anywhere spirit that the new vehicle will deliver for customers around the world.
“We look forward to assessing the reaction of the show’s many visitors.”
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Prototype testing of the Grenadier is now fully underway, with the aim of completing 1.8m kilometres on and off-road over the coming year.
The Concours of Elegance is one of the world’s most celebrated showpiece events for classic and vintage cars.
The event returns to Hampton Court Palace for the fourth consecutive year in 2020, after being staged in previous years at Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace in London and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Edinburgh).
As well as bringing together a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world to compete in the Concours, hundreds of other cars will be displayed by car clubs in a bid to win The Club Trophy.