Land Rover muddled the Defender by turning a rugged, all-conquering off-roader into a unibody SUV that uses lines of code to make up for a lack of locking differentials. In fact, the revival has been so controversial, that somebody went ahead and made a better one. Petroleum company Ineos has decided to bring that epic SUV back in spirit with some modern features under the guise of the Grenadier. This should be the perfect vehicle for those who want to stand out on the trails from the more abundant Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco.
According to Fox News, a British Billionaire by the name of Jim Ratcliffe, who is the founder and chairman of Ineos, was hanging out with colleagues when they came up with the idea to build an old-school SUV in the same spirit as the original Land Rover Defender, which had just been discontinued ahead of its launch of the luxurious successor. The billionaire even attempted to buy the rights to the Defender to keep it in production, but was declined, which resulted in the epic vehicle we see here.
Billionaires. Can’t live with ’em, can’t have epic stuff without ’em.
Ineos Grenadier: Details
Three trims will be available for the five-door SUV, base, Trialmaster, and Fieldmaster. Power for all trims will come from a BMW-sourced I6 engine and will be ready to hit the trails once delivery is taken. The go-anywehere SUV features a body-on-frame box section ladder frame construction, a full-time 4WD drive system, solid beam axles, and “up to three locking differentials.”
And while it’s British, the Ineos Grenadier is making its way to the U.S. with a starting price of $71,500.
For the starting price, base Grenadiers won’t have any options and will be ready for customization. Buyers can choose various options and accessories to make their Grenadier unique. Ineos says the base will be complete with modern amenities and a comfortable interior, which we hope is the case given the price.
For more goodies, buyers can choose from the preconfigured Trialmaster and Fieldmaster trims, both of which start at $79,190. If you’re looking for a vehicle to get to the trail or campground without a hitch, the Ineos Grenadier Fieldmaster suits you. The SUV blends comfort, convenience, and ruggedness into one superb vehicle. It includes heated leather seating, carpeted floor mats, and Safari Windows. However, if off-roading is the name of your game, the Trialmaster should be your pick as it comes standard with the Rough Pack, which gives the SUV beefier BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires (the same tires on the Ford Raptor lineup) and electronically locking front and rear diffs.
The Ineos Grenadier has been designed to be fixed easily and quickly, and Ineos claims that everything is built to last without any unnecessary electronics. Not to mention Ineos includes:
- A five-year, 60,000-mile warranty.
- A three-year warranty for paint and accessories.
- A 12-year anti-rust warranty.
So, if you have the money on hand, this might be a great alternative to the other 4×4 SUVs currently on the market.