Ineos unveils retro-inspired electric off-roader, dubbed Fusilier

Ineos unveils retro-inspired electric off-roader, dubbed Fusilier

Drawing inspiration from history while envisioning the future, Ineos Automotive Limited has unveiled its latest innovation – the Fusilier, an all-electric SUV that seamlessly combines retro-inspired aesthetics with up-to-the-minute technology. Following in the foot prints of its predecessor, the Grenadier, the Fusilier e-SUV boasts a distinctive squared-off design, reminiscent of classic off-roaders but with a modern twist. This compact EV introduces versatility with the option of a gas-powered range-extender, which emphasizes the automaker’s commitment to offering a range of powertrain technologies.

The Fusilier promises first-rate off-road capability with zero compromise to on-road performance, presenting a compelling package for both adventure enthusiasts and urban commuters. Built on a skateboard platform featuring a blend of steel and aluminum elements, the new EV strikes an apt balance between vigorous construction and lightweight efficiency.

In spite of its shorter and lower profile compared to the Grenadier, the Fusilier has been designed to deliver an extraordinary off-road driving experience. While details about its 4x4 powertrain, battery pack, and range haven’t been released yet, the automaker has claimed that it has created a vehicle that meets the demands of consumers while contributing to the essential decarbonization efforts in the highly-competitive automotive industry.

Emphasizing the significance of a diverse range of powertrain technologies, Ineos Automotive CEO Jim Ratcliffe stated that battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are well-suited for specific purposes like shorter trips and urban deliveries.

Speaking on the topic, CEO Ratcliffe explained, “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.”

The top executive’s aforementioned statement underlines the automaker’s strategic approach to address the varied needs of consumers while aligning with broader sustainability goals.

Developed in partnership with Magna, the Fusilier e-SUV's off-road prowess is quite evident in its design elements, including all-terrain tires, high bumpers, and a front skid plate. The list of notable features includes active grille shutters, which contributes to enhanced efficiency, showcasing a thoughtful blend of form and function.

While details about the specific powertrain and launch information remain under wraps, Ineos has assured that more updates on the Fusilier will be revealed by the third quarter of this year, heightening the anticipation surrounding its retro-inspired electric off-roader. Production of the Fusilier is slated to take place at Magna's facility in Graz, Austria.

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