2023 Ineos Grenadier First Drive: A Back To Basics Bruiser

2023 Ineos Grenadier – Americans desire off-roader options. Ford can’t keep up with Bronco’s demands. Jeep continues to add Wrangler models, but buyers continue to line up for the Toyota 4Runner. Ineos Grenadier will enter the American off-road bullring in the first quarter of 2023. Is this an old-fashioned vehicle with a new name that can compete with the more established players?

2023 Ineos Grenadier
2023 Ineos Grenadier

Grenadier 4X4 has been around for a while. It is a refreshing return back to basics that give automotive innovation a boost. It is designed to do a job and stands out from today’s Outbackified cars and mall-crawling crossovers.

2023 Ineos Grenadier Release Date & Price

It will likely occupy the space between Wrangler Renegade and Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. It will be sold in the US at a price of approximately $50,000 MSRP (plus or subtracting a few thousand dollars). It will be about the same price as the Land Rover Defender 110. It is, ironically, the original Defender that most people remember when they first see Grenadier. The design of this old machine was the inspiration for Ineos, which were retired from production in 2016. The Grenadier will arrive with the same BMW Inline-six as their X7 SUV. It’s mated with 8-speed manual transmission, three differential locks and a very strong suspension system. The mixture was tested at the Ineos event held in Hambach, France. It was difficult to navigate the test course which was located around an old iron-ore mine. The course was so slippery and muddy it was hard for people to walk on.

Interior

Ineos, a global chemical-making firm, has made Jim Ratcliffe one of the wealthiest people in Britain. Ineos also has a third of the dominant Mercedes-AMG Formula One Team. They also purchased the French Smart car plant from Daimler-Benz. G-Wagen is very serious about the company. BMW takes them seriously and provides Ineos with both gasoline and diesel engines. However, only the gasoline version of the engine will be available in the US. Ineos can piggyback on the global service network of Bosch, a huge supplier.

Land Rover discontinued the Defender Land Rover Defender. Ratcliffe saw a chance to create a new competitor in the Toyota 70-Series Land Cruiser. This machine is easy to use and simple. It was built to not only live on asphalt but to conquer it. The suspension and chassis parts were carefully designed. It is designed to be mobile, but there are always compromises. Because it is inspired by the Land Rover Defender, the Grenadier may be familiar. Jim Ratcliffe was the original owner of Ineos. However, he was unsuccessful in his attempt to purchase the rights from Jaguar Land Rover.

Ineos Grenadier was made for Overlanding, rock crawling. Ineos is still working on the numbers. The Grenadier’s passenger version, which can hold five people, could weigh as much as 5,900 lbs and be 193.9 inches longer than the 4Runner. This allows for ample space in the cabin. The Grenadier is also simpler and more comfortable than we could have hoped. There is no traditional clustering of instruments. A small group of warning lights can be seen in front of the driver. The rest of the information is located on the 12.3-inch multimedia display in the middle. The driver can see the corners of the vehicle from this screen. An armrest can also be placed on the flat surface of each inner door skin.

The first impressions show remarkable refinement. The powertrain, as well as the low interior noise levels and smooth ride quality, are all evidence of this. Grenadier’s softly-springy Grenadier helps the tires glide over bumps and hold the ground on uneven terrain. The body also rolls less than expected. It made very little whining noises even though it didn’t have any diff locks installed. Its mechanical engineering is decades better than any Defender.

Driving

Even though our driving was limited to roads and trails in a muddy mine area, the Grenadier felt unstoppable, even with its locking differentials. Ineos Grenadier 4×4 is the only one with the same crossover and unibody design. It delivers the same level in wheel travel, rigidity, and calm robustness as the Ineos. The ladder-frame chassis can be used with the thickest suspension pieces other than earthmoving equipment. Carraro, an Italian agricultural machinery engineer, also attached damper tubes to solid beam axles that look like missile launchers. The solid axles are equipped with mechanical differential locks. They include a Tremec two-speed transfer case and a center diff lock. The cabin contains a mechanical lever that activates the central lock. The buttons on the dash activate ax-bound locks.

Bridgestone Dueler T offroad tires provide 10.3 inches of clearance to the Grenadier six-stud wheels. It can be used with the 265/70 R17 or optional 255/70 R18 tire. An optional BF Goodrich K02 offroad tire is also available. Grenadier offers large clearance, a 35.5-degree approach angle, a 36.1-degree departure angle, and a 28.2-degree breakover angle. It can also withstand 31.4 inches of water. The BMW B58-series six-cylinder engine produces 281 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque in the Ineos. The engine can also be used in the 4 Series. However, the engine has been remapped to produce low-down, progressive torque which is precisely what you need for offroad use. The European-only diesel engine and it can tow 7,716 lbs while carrying a payload of 2,204 lbs. It can support 330 pounds and transport five people.

2023 Ineos Grenadier Review
2023 Ineos Grenadier Review

The Ineos Grenadier was not intended to cause any type of crash into objects. The Ineos Grenadier can collide with other vehicles since it is the lightest version at more than 5,700lbs. The Ineos Grenadier does not have digital features such as lane departure warnings, and given its off-road mission, it probably won’t in near future. It is not intended to be used for school runs but the 44-foot turning circle and 3.5 turns of steering lock to lock are very similar to a yellow school bus. It has not yet released any data about its fuel consumption and emissions. Ineos has not yet revealed how big the gas tank is. This won’t be a very interesting read considering the vehicle’s size. Its competitors, particularly Lexus’ GX are more wealthy than it. However, the Grenadier is likely to be thirsty at the pump.

The Ineos Grenadier was a shock to the system. It felt like a throwback to simpler times. Every bolt dribbles a sense of integrity. It is silent even though it travels along ridges with its two-wheeled wheels. Its strength is amazing, and it should stay that way. This is far more impressive than the BMW straight sixes that steal the show. It’s easy to relax when the Grenadier is authentic. This vehicle is not recommended for climbing a mountain pass. It is easy to corner and has firm brakes. However, it won’t cause neck strain in corners.

2023 Ineos Grenadier Redesign
2023 Ineos Grenadier Redesign

2023 Ineos Grenadier Revealed

Ratcliffe was right. There is a large gap between premium vehicles like the Bronco or Wrangler and the more rugged GX and G-Wagen. The Grenadier’s size is impressive and it is practical. It looks and feels solid, too. Its inability to provide reliable real-world service and its lack of support network for remote areas is the only thing that could stop it from succeeding. Ineos will begin establishing its U.S. dealer networks before its arrival in Q1, 2023. It was planning to open 30-50 dealers by launch and offer a 5-year, 60k-mile warranty to U.S. Grenadiers. It will not be known the exact price and plans until later this year.