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.
The 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 half 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.
A 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.”