The Grenadier marks the first steps of British chemical company Ineos into the automotive industry. And boy, are they coming in all guns blazing! The Grenadier is a retro-looking, Defender-inspired off-roader that will be sold globally with agreements already signed in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, potentially from 2023.
The British-made off-road wagon – a clear homage to the Land Rover Defender with nods to the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen – will have a BMW 3.0-litre straight-six petrol (210kW/450Nm) or diesel (185kW/550Nm) engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, permanent four-wheel drive, and front, centre and rear locking differentials.
The boxy off-roader will have a ladder frame chassis, live axles front and rear, as well as coil springs all-round. It will be built in Hambach, France. Inside the Grenadier, it is expected to have an old-school dashboard and an overhead console, and it will sport a 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia unit, durable Recaro seats, wipe-down surfaces, removable rubber flooring and drain plugs.
Aftermarket gear will include even more robust underbody protection than standard, front and rear protection (think nudge bars, bull bars), storage platforms and much more.
A Grenadier test vehicle, equipped with a snorkel, heavy-duty bash plates, side steps and rated vehicle-recovery points front and rear, has reportedly been seen in Melbourne, presumably on its way to or from real-world off-road testing.
The two-seat entry-level commercial version of the Grenadier will have a starting price of $84,500 plus on-road costs.