Ineos says the Grenadier has utility at its core but this is no sports utility SUV. It is a working 4x4, complete with beam axles, permanent four-wheel-drive, locking differentials and a two-speed transfer case for what Ineos claims will be class-leading off-roading, towing and payload, with durability and reliability to the fore.
Ineos design head Toby Ecuyer says there is nothing ambiguous about the Grenadier’s role in life: “It is there to do everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Nothing is for show. we have been able to stay true to the essence of creating a utilitarian vehicle that will stand the test of time.”
Sir Jim, who named his brainchild after the London pub where he hatched his plan in 2017 soon after Land Rover axed the Defender, said it was important a utilitarian off-road vehicle looked the part, calling the design “distinctive and purposeful.”
Little else is so far confirmed about the Grenadier, though we do know turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will be from BMW, the engineering partner is Magna Steyr in Austria, manufacture will be in Portugal and final assembly in a new plant in Wales. In the past Ineos has said it is a £600m project and will ultimately create 500 jobs.
Next up for the Grenadier is durability testing, as Ineos chief executive Dirk Heilmann explains: “We have a very challenging programme ahead, as we put prototypes through their paces in all conditions, on the way to accumulating some 1.8 million test kilometres over the coming year.”