2022 Ineos Grenadier due next year with fixed pricing, from $84,500


Reservations for the rugged four-wheel-drive inspired by the original Land Rover Defender open tomorrow. 

Ineos Grenadier Pricing revealed
Ineos Grenadier Pricing revealed

The 2022 Ineos Grenadier heavy-duty four-wheel drive will arrive in Australia by the end of next year with non-negotiable fixed pricing, starting from $84,500 (plus on-road costs).

Ineos has elected to sell its vehicles at a fixed cost with no room for negotiation, as per Honda Australia since July 2021 and Mercedes-Benz Australia from January 2022.

The first Ineos Grenadier to arrive is a base-model two-seat wagon with a BMW-sourced inline six-cylinder diesel or petrol engine – both 3.0-litres in capacity – mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The petrol Grenadier has an output of 211kW/450Nm, while the diesel is rated at 183kW/500Nm.

There is a possibility that the diesel engine may get an additional 50Nm of torque by the time it reaches production. 

This base model two-seater Grenadier – which will still have five doors– is expected to be equipped similarly to a Toyota LandCruiser GXL, but the prices of higher grade Grenadiers are yet to be revealed.

In Australia the Ineos Grenadier will be supported by a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, which puts it on par with Toyota, Nissan and Land Rover. 

There will also be five-year servicing and roadside assistance packages, which are yet to be detailed by the new British off-road brand. Ineos Australia says service costs will be ‘comparable’ to other four-wheel drives.

Ineos does not plan to have a network of dealerships and service centres. Instead, the newcomer will use Bosch’s existing network of about 120 service centres around the country for maintenance and warranty work.

“We won’t activate all of (the service centres), but we will go around the country and hand pick the right partners in the right locations to give us the service network coverage we need.” Justin Hocevar, sales and marketing boss for Ineos Australia, told Drive

By the time Ineos begins delivering the first Grenadiers in Q4 2022, Drive understands that 16 sales and service centres will be operational in Australia, and four in New Zealand.

The Grenadier’s starting price is expected to position it close to the Land Rover Defender and Nissan Patrol, as well as a variety of models from Toyota, such as the LandCruiser Prado, 300 Series, and 70 Series.

The all-new four-wheel drive is the brainchild of British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and CEO of chemicals giant Ineos – and was originally inspired by the end of Land Rover’s original Defender.

2022 Ineos Grenadier

2022 Ineos Grenadier

Supposedly coming from a conversation at a London pub over a pint as the Defender reached the end of a 67-year production run in 2016, this so-called ‘passion project’ has since spawned into a niche new global automotive manufacturer. 

“It wasn’t just the Defender, or a Land Cruiser, or a GQ Patrol, or Y61 Patrol or the G-Wagon or anything like that.” Hocevar explains. 

“It was this general sense that there’s this increasing void where more and more 4X4s – utility vehicles at the core … were becoming SUVs. More road-orientated, more high-tech, prone to gremlins and so on that come from all their tech when you take them into remote environments. “

It takes a significant amount of capital to launch a new automotive venture from scratch. Thankfully, the pockets of Sir Ratcliffe and Ineos seem to be deep enough. Ratcliffe’s personal wealth is estimated at US$15.7 billion according to Forbes, and Ineos Group ltd turned over US$91 billion in revenue in 2019.

Hocevar, who previously spent time at the likes of Renault, Jaguar Land Rover and Mini. However, his recreational resume is also impressive with trips to the Simpson Desert, Cape York and a year-long motorcycle trip from England to Australia.

‘So I’ve already got a bit of an affinity and an understanding of what some of our customers are going to be looking for in a vehicle, that I think helps form the business case down here as well.”

Mechanically, the Grenadier shares many design elements with classic and vaunted classic four-wheel drives like the original Land Rover Defender, Nissan GQ and GU Patrol, as well as the 80 and 105-Series LandCruiser. 

Ineos has contracted respected Austrian engineering firm Magna Steyr to develop the Grenadier with these classic four-wheel drive ingredients: live axles front and rear, body-on-frame, locking differentials and a steel ladder chassis.

Production at Mercedes-Benz’s old ‘Smartville’ facility in north-eastern France will begin in the middle of 2022 for petrol and diesel Grenadiers, in both left-hand drive and right-hand drive layouts.

Delivery of Grenadiers to Australian and New Zealander customers will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022. 

On the 30th of September, Ineos Australia will open up the reservation books for keen customers for a fully refundable fee of $800.

From that point, a reservation can be ‘matured’ into an order, where customers begin configuring their Grenadier for delivery.

Sam Purcell has been writing about cars, four-wheel driving and camping since 2013, and obsessed with anything that goes brum-brum longer than he can remember. Sam joined the team at CarAdvice/Drive as the off-road Editor in 2018, after cutting his teeth at Unsealed 4X4 and Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures.

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