The pursuit for a proper philosophical successor to the Land Rover Defender continues under the auspices of billionaire British businessman Jim Ratcliffe. In the past two years, Ratcliffe's chemical company INEOS has created the standalone division INEOS Automotive, put CEO Dirk Heilmann in charge of a team of auto industry veterans, and contracted with MBtech on the vehicle's development. The codename for the old-school 4x4 is Projekt Grenadier, and the latest news is that BMW will partner on gas and diesel engines.
INEOS wants feedback and recommendations from 4x4 enthusiasts and people who use rugged SUVs for work. A survey on the Projekt Grenadier site is gathering user data on truck design, powertrain, safety, build quality, and how runabouts get used — from fuel to gadgets to the aftermarket.