Ineos Grenadier interior pictures have been released at last. Inspired by the original Land Rover Defender, the new body-on-frame 4×4 is designed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe. The designs are highly original, clearly designed for ruggedness and timelessness, while maintaining the highest standards of practicality at all times.
British chemical company Ineos has revealed the interior design of the SUV it is developing, known as the Grenadier, and it appears to be based purely on utility although there are a few touches of luxury. Similarly to its predecessor, the Land Rover Defender, the Grenadier features a dash with an upright position and extremely durable materials throughout. The controls are well spaced and clearly marked so that using them is straightforward. Many of them can be customized (see the pre-wired switches on the headliner), which makes them easy to use.
There are modern features too, including a 12.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment. Besides integrating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on board, the system can also be operated via the central console’s rotary dial. In addition, the Grenadier features multiple storage compartments, including a lockable box encased within the centre console. The Recaro seats, rubber flooring, and wipe-down upholstery in the cabin mean that the interior can be hosed down for easy cleaning. Additionally, Ineos intends to offer accessories to allow owners to customize their SUVs.
Grenadier’s exterior was first showcased in 2021 and prototypes are now being put through their paces in advance of production starting in 2022. A tentative start date for reservations is October and Ineos is confident the company will be able to deliver next summer. The production will take place at the former Smart facility in Hambach, France. Although Ineos expects to begin deliveries here in 2023, the Grenadier will be available in the United States. The company is still in the process of finding a location for a U.S. headquarters and establishing a dealer network covering all 50 states.
Based on a custom platform, Grenadier was developed by Austrian company Magna Steyr. Considering Magna helped Mercedes-Benz develop the G-Class and continues to produce the iconic SUV today, it’s no wonder the Grenadier bars have a slight kinship with the G-Class.
Its platform is a true off-roading design with body-on-frame construction, Panhard rods in front and rear, and progressive coil springs. This helps reduce weight as aluminium, high-strength steels, and even some composites are used in the body. The body will be available in both SUV and pickup configurations.
The eight-speed automatic transmission will be the only transmission, with both turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines sourced from BMW. It is expected, however, that the number of engines supplied annually will fall into the five digits, with Ineos previously hinting at a market size between 15,000 and 20,000 units.