Ineos Grenadier: Tons of off-roading power and more!

October 8, 2021

 

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.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.