Purists will love the Ineos Grenadier's old-school cabin.
The new Land Rover Defender has been a massive success, but the original off-roader still has a rabid fanbase. This has inspired restomod companies to update the original Defender to modern standards while retaining its classic utilitarian styling. Alternatively, there is also the Ineos Grenadier, a rugged body-on-frame off-roader with retro styling heavily inspired by the original Land Rover Defender. We've already seen the exterior in all its glory, but now Ineos has shown the interior for the first time. When designing the cabin, Ineos focused on practicality and utility, and it shows.
While the interior incorporates the modern technology and comfort you would expect to find in a modern SUV, the center console is dominated by an abundance of analog switches and dials. This will no doubt please anyone who has become tired of controlling every function with an unresponsive touchscreen. Auxiliary switches are also pre-wired to support winches, work lights, and other accessories.
Despite the focus on analog switches, the infotainment system is displayed on a 12.3-inch touchscreen and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it can also be controlled with a rotary dial. It's the perfect blend of modern tech and old-school analog controls.
Like the exterior, the interior is designed to withstand a lot of punishment. Drain plugs in the rubber flooring hose out the interior if it gets muddy and the comfortable Recaro seats are water and stain-resistant. Alternatively, carpets and leather upholstery are available. For added practicality, a storage box is located under the rear seat. There's also a lockable central console cubby box and a side-mounted storage unit in the rear load area. The Grenadier can also be extensively customized with a range of interior options and accessories.
"When we started thinking about the Grenadier's interior, we looked carefully at modern aircraft, boats and even tractors for inspiration, where switches are sited for optimal function, regular controls are close to hand, auxiliary ones are further away," explained Toby Ecuyer, Head of Design. "You can see the same approach in the Grenadier: the layout is functional and logical, designed with ease of use in mind. It has everything you need and nothing you don't."
Prototype testing of the Grenadier is currently underway around the world and is halfway to achieving a target of 1.1 million miles. In the next stage, the Grenadier will tackle the dunes of Morocco. Order books for the reborn classic Defender will open in October 2021 before deliveries begin in July 2022.