Before this week INEOS declared its fledgling supplier network, and instructed us it was nearly all set to begin offering vehicles now it has verified that the Grenadier will be obtainable to purchase from May possibly 18 – and will price from £49,000. That was the setting up selling price we predicted when we drove the prototype back in February, and while it appears to be costly for these types of a no-nonsense equipment (Ford will cheerily market you a farm-prepared Ranger Double Cab for significantly a lot less), the manufacturer will likely be material that it has undercut the £53,760 that Land Rover at present charges for the commercially-minded Defender 110 Tough Top.
That’s mainly because, in Grenadier terms, the cheapest price tag purchases you substantially the exact same prospect: a two-seat ‘Utility wagon’ with a decision of possibly a 3.-litre straight-6 petrol or diesel engine, both, of study course, provided by BMW. Useless to say, this is the vehicle at its most rugged, and powering the cargo barrier will come with a entire-duration flat ground capable of accommodating a common Euro pallet (i.e. a little something 1,200mm by 800mm in size). You can alternative in a rear window if you like cost-free of price, but in any other case this will come with the blank panel that announces it as the most van-like variant.
Any one wishing to carry travellers (which we presume will involve most Grenadier customers) will will need to spend at the very least £52,000 to accessibility the five-seat ‘Station wagon’. In normal format this retains both the comprehensive-peak cargo barrier and its certification as business automobile, and is said ‘to offer the ideal equilibrium in between payload and passenger carrying capability.’ Lastly, if you happen to be not so concerned with the payload bit, there are the pre-configured ‘Trialmaster’ and ‘Fieldmaster’ Editions, which relinquish professional status and offer higher comfort for these in the back (presumably since there is no barrier to bang their knees on). Both of these will value from £59,000.
Mechanically speaking, just about every variant is essentially the similar. The Grenadier is crafted on a box-part ladder body chassis, the human body is from galvanised metal and there are good beam axles with large-obligation coil springs. Every single design gets a ZF 8-velocity automatic, as nicely as long-lasting 4-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer scenario. The decision between diesel and petrol is the selection in between BMW’s 249hp/405lb ft B57 oil burner and the direct injection B58 with 286hp/331lb ft of torque. Both of those are restricted to 100mph, even though the petrol ought to be obvious a lot quicker at 8.6 seconds to 62mph (vs . 9.9 seconds).
The only model that goes outside of these slender parameters is the Trialmaster, and that’s for the reason that it will get the £1,685 ‘Rough Pack’ as common, which suggests it provides diff locks entrance and back again along with BFGoodrich All-Terrain tyres. This properly will make it the selection-topper, and its deliberate go-any where vibe (it also will get a lifted air consumption, exterior utility belts and an auxiliary battery) ought to make it popular with the income-no-item crowd. The Fieldmaster (these are the two named immediately after Belstaff jackets, by the way) is slightly more toned down for the gentleman-about-town, and comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, Safari Windows, leather-based upholstery, carpet ground mats and heated front seats. The two products also incorporate the £1,685 ‘Smooth Pack’ which buys you niceties like a rear-watch digicam, park support, auxiliary charge points and puddle lamps.
Over and above these basic options, there is a quite in depth selection of colors (both good and metallic), wheels (you can improve to 18s if you wish), burly things (an built-in 5.5-tonne winch is £3,185) and accessories (the comprehensive-length roof rack is £1,659). The good thing is there is a good deal of time to get to grips with the online configurator right before INEOS will talk to for a £2,500 deposit to safe you a develop slot. You can find continue to no official affirmation nonetheless on when purchaser deliveries are owing to begin, but anticipate the procedure to start before the finish of the 12 months. Hopefully we’ll get to travel a creation vehicle in the meantime, and ensure no matter if or not the Grenadier has been value the wait.