Something muddy this way comes… But it’s not a Defender. This week’s cover star is the Ineos Grenadier.
You may know Ineos as a famous petrochemicals group, but it’s also been developing a 4x4 inspired by the original 1948 Land Rover Defender. Now the eagerly-awaited off-roader has broken cover. This week’s Autocar has all the technical details.
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Elsewhere the Volkswagen Tiguan, Europe’s favourite SUV, gains a hybrid and hot R version. Another two SUVs also feature in this week’s news section, with the ‘real’ Land Rover Defender (sorry, Ineos) receiving a new Hard Top variant and the Kia e-Niro getting a mid-level offering for more affordable electric motoring.
Ford also speaks out against the UK government’s plot to ban sales of all new combustion engined cars by 2035, warning that there is “no silver bullet” solution.
Speaking of bullets, Lamborghini has lined up a new hypercar for Le Mans. Called the SCV12, this could be racing in the famous 24-hour endurance event by 2021. We also catch a glimpse of the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar.
Then we take an in-depth look at the Volkswagen Group’s new Car.Software division, before Jim Holder analyses the relationship between the most dysfunctional of automotive families: car makers and car retailers.
Does Ferrari’s first plug-in hybrid, the SF90 Stradale, do things conventionally? Don’t be daft. We set the latest prancing horse on a canter to find out what this means for performance.
And because you can never have too much of a good thing… We also take a drive in the Ferrari F8 Spider on the UK roads, before turning our sights to the Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe to find an authentically sporty V8 SUV that sits between the ‘regular’ Cayenne variants and the crazy Turbos.