A testing programme built on purpose.
When you need the Grenadier to work, it works. That’s because we test it beyond industry standards and everyday demands.
Starting in February 2021, our testing and development programme took us to 15 countries around the world on the toughest terrains and in the worst of weathers. With our team of engineers analysing and recalibrating every part and function of the vehicle. And now we’re ready to share it.
We’ll be taking you inside our programme with insights from the engineers as they put 130 vehicles through 1.8 million km of testing and development. We’ll be bringing you regular episodes in five distinct locations and environments: Sweden, Austria, Granada, Kosovo and Morocco.
Grenadier VS The Arctic
Arjeplog, Sweden | February 22, 2021
Located in the northernmost province of Sweden, Arjeplog is known for its subarctic climate, with record lows of -44℃. A tiny, remote place that boasts more lakes and reindeer than people, it’s a well-known proving ground to test winter off-road capabilities. Our engineers spent three weeks here testing and fine tuning the powertrain, transmission and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). As well as the day-to-day functions of the vehicle.
With temperatures dipping down to -22℃, we had to calibrate and fine-tune the powertrain of the Grenadier to start with cold fuel and oil, and to run exactly as designed despite the conditions. Electronics of the vehicle were also tested — such as the digital screens, power windows, wipers, and defrosters. Not to mention the doors and rubber seals, which in an arctic climate tend to freeze shut. Overall, the Grenadier performed as designed, straight from a freezing cold start.
We tested the Grenadier on all possible winter terrain, and calibrated the ESC accordingly, allowing it to detect a loss of traction and react immediately, preventing the tyres from slipping. In winter conditions, a smart, fine-tuned ESC can be the difference between taking a corner, or ending up in a snowbank.
TYRES & TRACTION
In the winter, you’re going to need traction more than in any other season. So we developed, tested and refined the Bridgestone All-Terrain Tyres made bespoke for the Grenadier. The tyre’s Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake certification meant they proved capable under the demanding winter conditions.
UPHILL & DOWNHILL
Getting up and down hills in snowy conditions can be a challenge. We tested and fine-tuned the uphill and downhill assistance systems to be that extra helping hand. Snow, sleet or slush, these systems provide the driver with confidence and control.