INEOS Grenadier

INEOS Grenadier

INEOS Grenadier Rugged no-nonsense 4x4 created from scratch by a talented team. That the new INEOS Grenadier bears a resemblance to an iconic British 4x4 is not in question. But while the now-discontinued Defender traces its origins to 1948, the INEOS Grenadier is a clean-sheet design that started life just four years ago, bringing together the best suppliers in many different fields. A personal quest of INEOS CEO Jim Ratcliffe to create an ‘honest’ off roader, without design frills curves or needless electronic gadgets, has resulted in a machine of immense appeal and capability.


The square, upright and boxy looks of the Grenadier owe nothing to fashion and everything to functionality. It’s based on a rigid full box-sectioned ladder frame with solid Carraro axles and the suspension is by conventional coil springs, designed to be easily maintained in the world’s most inaccessible places. The body’s form follows function: flat sides, short overhangs front and rear for steep approach and departure angles, 264mm ground clearance and 30:70 rear doors for easy loading in confined spaces. Inside, the Recaro seats are wipe-clean, and you can even hose out the floors. Separate ‘Safari’ windows above driver and co-driver are an option; these can be tilted or removed completely.


The Grenadier is powered by a choice of petrol or diesel; both engines are BMW-developed 3.0-litre straight sixes. The petrol engine develops 285 metric horsepower and 450Nm of torque, while the diesel is less powerful (249PS) but trumps the petrol unit for torque at 550Nm. These power the Grenadier’s permanent all-wheel drive drivetrain via an 8-speed ZF transmission, with a two-speed transfer case for high and low ratio gearing, plus hill launch assist and hill descent assist.


Even rugged off-roaders can enjoy the benefits of in-car tech via a 12.3-inch TFT colour touchscreen mounted high on the centre console, offering Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Pathfinder Off-Road Navigation. Switchgear is mechanical for reliability and accessibility; it’s designed to be usable by wet or gloved hands. A neat touch is the overhead console that’s equally accessible to drive and co-driver, containing the controls for the differential locks and accessories such as winches or light bars.


The Grenadier passes the full range of safety and impact tests with ease. However, it won’t receive a full NCAP 5-star rating because on-road driver assistance systems such as lane assist and autonomous braking would impede its off-road capability. According to CEO Dirk Heilmann, “A five-star safety rating is particularly difficult for vehicles if you want to keep them simple… It’s not about crash performance anymore. It’s about all the driver assist [systems] and all the nonsense that keeps telling you if you’re going off-road.”
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