The Grenadier is an Off-roader inspired by the original Land Rover Defender
It will be powered by a BMW powertrain with three locking differentials
Prices are expected to be similar to top of the line versions of the Jeep Wrangler, the Ford Bronco or the Toyota 4Runner
The Ineos Grenadier that was unveiled back in 2020 is an off-road focussed SUV that was prompted by the end of production of the original Land Rover Defender in 2016.
Since this model was intended to spiritually replace the Defender, it is now wonder its style is familiar. It looks so similar, in fact, that Land Rover filed a trademark appeal, which it lost.
This week, the company showed a prototype of the American market version of the vehicle and answered some questions about the mechanicals and the features that will be part of the Grenadier.
In order to give it good off-road capabilities and to make it last for decades, the frame is a box ladder design that is zinc-coated and powder-coated, the suspension is composed of beam axles made by an agricultural equipment manufacturer and three locking differentials will be supplied, two of them electrically operated and the center one activated by a manual lever.
Power will come from a BMW sourced 3.0L turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine paired with a ZF 8-speed transmission. The full specifications are not confirmed yet, but according to the CEO, output will be 280 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. Apart from the differentials, these elements are the same that can be found in the BMW X5, with a specific tune that prioritises torque over horsepower.
A diesel engine will be offered in other markets but not in North America, since BMW stopped certifying its diesel powertrains for sale here.
Despite being an off-roader, the Grenadier will have many comfort and convenience features, such as heated seats, wireless Apple Car Play, Android Auto and a host of safety features, including automatic emergency braking.
In order to facilitate aftermarket modifications, the Grenadier will come from the factory pre-wired for many accessories, including additional lights and a winch.
In order to improve reliability, which has never been a strong point of British vehicles, the Grenadier will use half of the ECUs normally found on such vehicles, which should reduce the risk of electrical faults.
Sales are expected to begin in the summer of 2023 at a price that should be similar to top-of-the range versions of the Jeep Wrangler, the Ford Bronco and the Toyota 4Runner, so somewhere in the $70,000 to $90,000 range in Canada.