The Ineos Grenadier fits right in with 4x4 icons
The proper non-SUV SUV we always wanted
The Ineos Grenadier is a breath of fresh air in today's SUV-infested market precisely because, unlike most SUVs, it's simply a classic-looking, all-conquering off-roader. Ineos say the Grenadier was inspired by a variety of different off-road SUVs, not just the Defender, and when it recently debuted at the London Concours d'Elegance at Hampton Court Palacepeople truly began to understand what that means.
At some point during the show, the Ineos Grenadier appeared alongside a 1944 Willys Jeep, a 1980 Toyota FJ40, a 1988 Mercedes-Benz G-Class and a Land Rover Series 1 and it looked spectacular. More to the point, it looked right at home.
Toby Ecuyer, Ineos Automotive's Head of Design, said they brought "some of the great 4x4s of the past into the studio to look closely at what made them so enduring and it's fantastic to see Grenadier in the company of these legends. You can see common design traits and proportions, and certainly the same clarity of purpose".
Eager off-road enthusiasts are going to have to wait a little longer to put their hands on the Grenadier because Ineos is testing prototype mules to test reliability, durability, chassis and engine. Speaking of which, the Grenadier is going to be available with two BMW-sourced engine variants, a 3.0-litre diesel and a 3.0-litre petrol, both with four-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission built by ZF.
The plan is to get production started by the end of 2021 with a very ambitious goal of 25,000 units per year.