It's been five years in the making, but the team has finally put together a complete product.
At this point, it feels as if we have been waiting an eternity for the Ineos Grenadier to hit the streets, but considering that the project was only founded in 2017, the fact that the first models have already hit the production line means that this tribute to the original Land Rover Defender was developed at a rapid speed.
The fresh manufacturer has confirmed that its first production-ready model has rolled off the line at its Hambach, Germany facility. This is the plant that Ineos procured from Mercedes-Benz, which was used to assemble the latter's Smart products. Ineos's Commercial Director, Mark Tennant, explains that this is a landmark achievement for the brand that has been five years in the making.
Tennant says, "To get to this point is a testament to the resilience and hard work of the entire Ineos Automotive team, our development partners, and our suppliers - for which we thank them all as we now look forward to making our first deliveries to customers."
The brand adds that the global supply chain crisis kickstarted by the pandemic still adds constraints to its potential output, but volume deliveries hope to go out by this December. In the USA, distribution will be conducted by 35 dealers selected by the brand. These locations, identified as the best fit for the job by Ineos, will be responsible for the 5,000 reservations that have been placed throughout the country.
For now, the rough off-roading SUV boasts a starting price of $59,600, with order books still open on its official website. There currently exist three trims, consisting of the base, Trailmaster, and Fieldmaster. It is understood that an all-electric variant is currently under development, but it is not yet clear from which manufacturer Ineos intends to source this technology.
As a reminder, the current Grenadier employs BMW's turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, available as a gas or diesel, together with a ZF8 HP eight-speed automatic torque converter transmission with four-wheel drive. For now, it appears that these will be the only drivetrains you can have fitted.