2022 Ineos Grenadier rugged 4WD confirmed for launch in Australia

It’s not often that you launch a new car brand, but the maker of a robust new all-wheel drive has its sights set on Australia.

The tough new all-wheel drive brand, Ineos, comes to Down Under this year.

The newcomer is the brainchild of British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe who wanted simple and hard-working four-wheel drive for the present day.

The Ineos Grenadier is developed as a spiritual successor to the previous Land Rover Defender, although it is more luxurious and hi-tech.

Unveiled at the LandCruiser 70-Series, the Grenadier will be available in two- and five-seater versions with prices starting at $ 84,500 (plus road freight costs).

All versions are four-wheel drive, with a heavy-duty ladder frame. Both versions feature plenty of heavy-duty off-road hardware including high and low gears, center lock differential, front and rear skid plates, fuel tank guard, and off-road tires. Front and rear locking differentials are optional.

It also has steep approach and departure angles and a wading depth of up to 800mm.

The suspension tuned by German specialists Eibach is designed to maintain control over rough terrain with movement of up to 600mm.

A dedicated off-road driving mode disables parking sensors, seat belt reminders and engine start shutdown, while a central touchscreen displays relevant information for the driver, including vehicle trim, steering angle and system temperatures.

The no-nonsense 4WD remains analog and utilitarian, with buttons and switches designed for use with gloves. The off-road gear is located above the head.

At the heart is a BMW-sourced in-line six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 210 kW and 450 Nm or a twin-turbo six-cylinder diesel unit producing 183 kW and 550 Nm. Surprisingly, both engines have the same price.

Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Grenadier can tow up to 3500 kg. The two-seater can accommodate an entire euro pallet in the tray and the five-seater wagon has a cargo space of over 2000 liters with the rear seats folded down.

Payload ranges from 810kg to 906kg depending on specification.

A central 12.3-inch touchscreen is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and features a built-in satellite navigation and digital radio.

Ineos takes orders for the Grenadier from 18 May. Production is expected to start in July of this year.

Ineos has partnered with 28 dealers across Australia to sell and service the Grenadier. Most of the network focuses on regional centers.

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