Our first drive of the Grenadier was off-road, so we’ll want to attend till later to expertise the rugged machine on the pavement. However there’s lots to be gleaned from our stint behind the wheel within the mire. We’re completely satisfied to report that the bone-shaking experience that is so usually a signature of working automobiles merely would not materialize. Nor are there any refinement trade-offs both. The BMW-sourced engine is refined even underneath heavy masses, and the Grenadier’s total demeanor is extra SUV-like in its civility than we might anticipate of a machine with such a utilitarian focus. No matter how excessive the surroundings will get on the difficult, soaking-wet off-road course, the Grenadier shrugs it off, sustaining progress with none issues. Traction is mighty, whereas the engine’s ample torque and the distinctive transmission tuning make it in a position to deal with obstacles with ease.
There may be undoubtedly room for enchancment, nevertheless. The steering could possibly be refined — in preproduction type, it is overly mild and lacks any self-centering. It is also attainable, significantly within the slippery, moist mud, to noticed on the wheel with none actual suggestions as to what is going on on. Ineos is conscious of the difficulty and says will probably be sorted out for manufacturing fashions.
All issues thought-about, we’re massively impressed by what Ineos has achieved with the Grenadier in a comparatively brief time.
Timing and availability
The Grenadier will come later to the US than the remainder of the world, and right here it arguably faces its hardest rivals because of a variety of home 4x4s just like the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco, in addition to loads of competitors from pickup vehicles. Even so, there’s loads of curiosity right here, from patrons within the life-style market to these wanting its working means. They will want to attend till 2023, by which era, Ineos’ deliberate group of companions who can service and promote it — every part from agricultural suppliers and conventional vendor teams to official Bosch service facilities — ought to be arrange. At the moment you may have a look at specifying a Grenadier on-line. Pricing has but to be confirmed for the US, however the expectation is a beginning value within the area of $70,000.
The primary Grenadiers will probably be obtainable in a five-seat SUV configuration, with a stretched body in a position to help seven-seat and pickup variants due sooner or later. Ineos says it has talked to a variety of aftermarket conversion corporations, so do not be shocked to see decked-out Grenadiers quickly after they go on sale.
A refreshingly trustworthy automobile that majors on means, the Ineos Grenadier has enchantment past its hardcore working credentials and fills a niche available in the market that is been ignored by many producers. Our off-road drive in a preproduction mannequin underlined its means and stunning high quality, in addition to hinting at its refinement and experience. An fascinating newcomer in a comparatively area of interest space, the Grenadier will undoubtedly discover a place within the automotive sphere, nevertheless distant or uncommon that is perhaps.