In an age where SUVs are masquerading as luxury cars with lip service paid to off-road ability, a pared-back 4×4 might be just what the doctor ordered. The Ineos Grenadier brings something new to the table by clinging to the values which made certain off-roaders like the original Land Rover Defender such a beloved icon. Best of all, we finally know how much they will cost. In an announcement on Friday, the automotive manufacturer confirmed that Australian pricing will start from AUD$84,500 – not bad for the rumoured all-terrain tyrant.
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The Grenadier is the modern-day flag bearer for the no-nonsense off-roader while also garnished with a tinge of luxury. Cherry-picked ingredients and a dogged approach toward keeping things simple enables this off-roader to stand out from the crowd. To recap, the Ineos Grenadier comes with a ladder frame chassis, permanent 4-wheel drive, three locking differentials and solid beam axles. Straight-six BMW sourced motors are the choices in terms of power on offer while a ZF 8-speed automatic has been tasked for the transmission duties.
With a starting price of AUD$84,500, the model line-up is a simple two variant affair with the range starter being a two-seat utility wagon with a flat floor. The 5-door Grenadier Station Wagon on the other hand splits its focus on practicality and off-road ability a bit more. While things have been kept simple with no fancy electronics or needless fripperies; the Grenadier does offer a vast array of customisations due to its wide range of factory-fit options where you can pile on the existing kit.
Buyers can also choose pre-configured special editions called as ‘Trialmaster Edition’ which is named after the Belstaff Trialmaster Jacket. This specification combines the ‘Rough pack’ and the ‘Smooth pack’ with kit like front and rear diff locks, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tyres and a raised air intake along with exterior utility belts and an auxiliary battery.
There is another more lifestyle centric ‘Grenadier Fieldmaster Edition’ where more comfort features are added like a rear-view camera, puddle lamps, power heated door mirrors, leather upholstery, carpet floor mats and heated front seats. Order books would be opened from 18th May with a refundable $5,000 deposit securing you a build slot while there are 28 dealers in Australia in total. The Grenadier aims to cater to the niche segment space alienated by the recent influx of new-age SUVs shunning ladder frame platforms like the new Land Rover Defender. To that, we simply tip our hat.