It might look like it’s been inspired by an iconic 4×4 of the past, but the new Ineos Grenadier has been built from the ground up on an all-new platform, and designed to meet buyer’s demands for a rugged, capable and comfortable go-anywhere working vehicle.
Today, Ineos has revealed the final cosmetic form of the Grenadier, as it moves closer to production at its factory in Bridgend, South Wales.
Grenadier: Practical Design
Always intended to be a spiritual successor to the Land Rover Defender, the Ineos Grenadier shares a similar boxy profile, upright front grille, vertical doors and flat glass. Ineos says that form follows function, with capability being the priority.
Proportionally, the Grandier looks every inch the off-roader it’s slated to be, with Ineos insisting that it should be instantly recognisable as a proper 4×4, with an easy to read design that clearly and unambiguously states its purpose.
With no limitations dictated by using an old platform, Ineos was able to develop the Grenadier to appeal to the most demanding of users. Even the beltlines are functional, along with bump strips on the doors, as they can be used to attach loads or accessories such as a jerry can.
A rear ladder will be optionally available, but even that is aligned with the shut lines of the tailgate. Exterior wiring, with exit points to the front and the rear of the roof, is included as standard, while roof bars and strips enable loads to be mounted and secured directly without a roof rack.
“The brief was simple. We set out to design a modern, functional and highly capable 4×4 vehicle with utility at its core,” explained Toby Ecuyer, head of design. “A design that is ‘easy-to-read’, with no ambiguity about the Grenadier’s role in life. There to do everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Nothing is for show. Modern engineering and production techniques ensure the Grenadier is highly capable, but we have been able to stay true to the essence of creating a utilitarian vehicle that will stand the test of time.”
Grenadier: Off-Road Capability
Combining British design with German engineering, the Grenadier is promised to be an uncompromising engineered to overcome all conditions. Bold claims include best-in-class off-road capability, durability and reliability, words that will appeal to those that rely on their vehicle as a commercial tool. Permanent all-wheel drive will be standard on the Grenadier, with lockable differentials.
Austrian engineering firm Magna Steyr is developing the Grenadier in partnership with Ineos, with Gestamp providing the ladder chassis. Axles will come from Carraro, with Magna developing the suspension.
From what we’ve seen so far, there’s nothing specifically new and exciting about the components, but early development videos show a well-engineered and carefully considered design.
Grenadier: Cabin Follows Form and Function
Ineos has refrained from revealing the interior of the Grandier at this stage, but has confirmed that it will be able to receive a hose down for those times when a damp cloth just isn’t enough.
Modern consumers will also demand a comfortable and well-specified environment, which Ineos is adamant will be in place. Amongst the thoughtful touches will be a storage box on the rear side that is accessible from the outside, ideal for muddy kit.
Personalisation will be a key offer to customers, with the basic Grenadier being described as a ‘blank canvas’ ready for users to tailor to their own needs.
Grenadier: Weights and Towing
Little has been revealed at the moment, but with a sturdy chassis and power from a BMW engine, there will be a 3.5-tonne towing capacity, while the payload will be at least one tonne.
A double-cab pickup version is slated for production that is able to take a Euro-pallet. However, images show it’s not going to have class-leading dimensions, even if the payload is high.
Grenadier: Engine and Driveline
Ineos has partnered with BMW, who will be providing its 3.0-litre straight-six TwinPower turbo petrol and diesel engines for the vehicle. Every model will be fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, with no manual option available.
It’s understood that the BMW units in the Ineos will produce less power than in the German cars, mainly to ensure reliability in vehicles that are being put through more demanding use than BMW would have originally envisaged.
Grenadier: Price and Availability
Production of the Grenadier won’t start until late in 2021, with the Bridgend factory in South Wales being boosted by a sub-assembly facility producing chassis and body components in Estarreja, Portugal.
It is expected that the Grenadier will undercut the Land Rover Defender when it finally arrives, which places the starting price somewhere in the region of £35,000. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect higher specification models to run to more than double that amount.