By Staff Reporter
Meet the all-new Ineos Grenadier. After a failed attempt at securing the rights to the design of the old Land Rover Defender, billionaire Sir James Arthur Ratcliffe decided to build his own purpose-built, rugged 4×4.
Instead of revealing the car after extensive testing, Ineos took a different direction by revealing the rugged off-roader before its 1.8 million kilometers of testing.
Though it looks similar to the old Defender, the Grandier was built from the ground up by an engineer led design team. The end-result? A boxy utilitarian 4×4 with round headlights, angular sides with a functional belt line allowing owners to attach loads or accessories, a spare wheel attached to the trunk lid, a small door at the rear for easy loading of smaller items and a ladder for easy access to the roof. The Grenadier comes with roof bars and roof strips to enable loads to be mounted and secured directly without a roof rack.
As rugged and retro as it looks, Ineos promises the Grenadier will be comfortable and meet the expectations of 21st century consumers in terms of equipment levels and safety systems.
Underneath the bonnet
Powering the British utilitarian will be a BMW sourced six cylinder petrol and diesel engines mated to a ZF transmission. The Grenadier will have a permanent all-wheel drive system and a mechanical transfer box.
Pricing and availability
Pricing and availability has not been released, but we should expect it to have a similar price tag as mid-size SUVs from Ford and Toyota. The Grenadier will go into production late 2021.
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