It’s not the first time a manufacturer has controversially attempted the gruelling 1850-kilometre off-road challenge – which took its toll on a set of then-new Mercedes G-Class four-wheel-drives a decade ago.
The new 2022 Ineos Grenadier four-wheel-drive will take on the gruelling and infamous Canning Stock Route in 2022, according to a social media post by the company CEO.
Dirk Heilmann, CEO of Ineos Automotive, wrote in an Instagram post: “We have a [Grenadier] prototype down in Australia and will tackle the Canning Stock Route with a final series prototype around May/June this year.”
Running for 1850 kilometres between remote the Western Australian towns of Wiluna and Halls Creek, the Canning Stock Route is considered by many to be one of the most challenging, remote and arduous four-wheel-drive tracks on the planet.
This will form part of the Ineos Grenadier’s real-world testing programme, which includes 1.8 million kilometres of driving around the world, in a variety of conditions.
The current batch of vehicles testing around the globe are hand-built prototypes, while the ‘final series prototype’ vehicles referenced earlier will likely roll off the Grenadier’s new production line in Hambach, France.
Mr Heilmann has previously told Drive: “Our aim is to build a truly robust four-wheel drive… We set out to deliver a high degree of utility, and we have not lost sight of this.”
Taking on the Canning Stock Route will likely be the toughest challenge for the Ineos Grenadier, the design and incarnation of which was inspired by the demise of the original Land Rover Defender.
Whilst the journey was completed successfully, widespread failure of shock absorbers, air conditioning and other components proved the reputation of the Canning as a tough, car-breaking track.
In order to complete the journey, Mercedes-Benz was forced to gather every spare G-Class shock absorber in Australia, and put them on a special charter flight to reach the convoy in the Gibson Desert.
The 2022 Ineos Grenadier is slated to arrive in Australia by the end of 2022, with a fixed starting price of $84,500 for a two-seat model. The Grenadier will be powered by 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol and diesel engines sourced from BMW, running through an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
Drive has contacted Mr Heilmann for additional comment, and will update this story if more information becomes available.
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