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News round-up: LCV Defender, New VW Tiguan PHEV, Ineos reveals Grenadier off-roader

LCV version of new Defender branded Hard Top

Land Rover is adding light commercial vehicle versions of its new Defender to the line-up under the Hard Top branding.

Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2020The new Defender Hard Top will be available to order later this year, with Land Rover claiming it brings “unrivalled breadth of on- and off-road capability to the commercial vehicle sector”.

The rival to the Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial will come in 90 short and 110 long wheelbase form, with a central ‘jump’ seat available to form a three-seat front bench  ahead of the load area. Prices are set to start at £35,500 plus VAT, with a towing capacity of up to 3500kg.

 

Revised VW Tiguan adds PHEV option

Volkswagen has revised Europe’s biggest-selling SUV, with the new Tiguan arriving in the second VW Tiguan facelift 2020half of this year and the SUV’s first plug-in hybrid model joining the range by the end of 2020. As well as minor changes to the styling and a claimed reduction in NOx emissions on the diesel engines, the trim levels change to replicate the newer VW models, moving to Tiguan, Life, Elegance and R-Line.

The plug-in hybrid will run for an official 31 miles on electric power alone, and the combine drivetrain totals 245hp.

 

Ineos reveals ‘no-nonsense’ Grenadier off-roader

Ineos Automotive has revealed its Grenadier utilitarian off-roader, which the company is aiming to have on the road by the end of next year.

Ineos Grenadier 2020A subsidiary of the Ineos Group, a petrochemical company that employs 23,000 people across 34 businesses, Ineos Automotive described the Grenadier as a “rugged, capable and comfortable go-anywhere working vehicle”. Although the company hasn’t stated what will power the 4×4, reports suggest BMW petrol and diesel engines will be deployed, with prices starting from around the £40,000 mark.

“Showing the design now allows us to focus on the critical next phase of the vehicle’s development, testing its capability and durability,” said Dirk Heilmann, INEOS Automotive’s CEO. ” We have a very challenging programme ahead, as we put prototypes through their paces in all conditions, on the way to accumulating some 1.8 million test kilometres over the coming year.”

 

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