The Grenadier, the much awaited 4×4 from INEOS Automotive, will be equipped on its standard specification with tailor-made Bridgestone Dueler A/T 001 tyres.
Bridgestone describes the bespoke tyre as a “versatile all-terrain tyre that balances on and off-road characteristics for a comfortable journey, Bridgestone’s Dueler A/T 001 enables drivers to keep going in all conditions, regardless of terrain.”
The tyre’s tread design provides enhanced traction and braking. It also features tread grooves designed to ensure better water evacuation, as well as low noise on tarmac, all without compromising on-road performance, the manufacturer claims.
With the 4×4 built to take on the world’s most remote places, Bridgestone have produced a specifically tuned tyre with increased maximum load capacity to allow for the weight of the vehicle and increased weight capacity for drivers. A new compound is claimed to deliver enhanced performance in snowy terrains and achieve Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMS) certification; and optimised ride and handling when the vehicles are in fully laden conditions – including towing.
The Grenadier will go into production in late 2021, with first customer deliveries in early 2022. Bridgestone’s bespoke Dueler A/T 001 tyre will be available on the vehicle in two sizes: 265/70 R17 116S XL and 255/70 R18 116S XL.
A short documentary series from INEOS Automotive, ‘Building the Grenadier’, has been commissioned to showcase the development of the new, rugged 4×4. Episode Six of this series, titled “Kicking the Tyres”, deep dives into the vehicles’ wheels and tyres and features an interview with Bridgestone EMIA’s Marketing Manager for the North Europe Region, Andy Mathias.
“At Bridgestone we love working with automotive newcomers who force us to continuously innovate and improve what we do,” commented Steven De Bock, Vice President Consumer Business Unit, Bridgestone EMIA. “INEOS Automotive is a company that is building a vehicle from the ground up with the end user at the heart of the design. It’s an exciting opportunity and we’re thrilled to be involved in a project that has interested so many people around the world.”
“We are very pleased to work with Bridgestone as the supplier of the standard equipment tyre for the Grenadier. The team at Bridgestone has taken our ‘Built on Purpose’ message to heart in tailoring the Dueler A/T 001 to our requirements’’ said Mark Tennant, Commercial Director INEOS Automotive.