The INEOS Grenadier Quartermaster is a pickup-truck rendition of the company's old-school SUV, with the same tough ladder-frame chassis and 282-hp BMW inline-six.
It's unclear if the Quartermaster is heading to the U.S. market, but the truck will start at the equivalent of $86,797 in the United Kingdom.
INEOS also showed off a hydrogen fuel-cell prototype version of its Grenadier SUV, with the powertrain sourced from BMW.
UPDATE 11/29/23: INEOS has started production of its Grenadier Quartermaster pickup truck, which is built at the same factory in Hambach, France, as the automotive startup's Grenadier SUV. Automotive News reported that U.S. pre-orders for the new truck will begin sometime early next year. Back in September, AN also reported that INEOS will pay the 25 percent "Chicken Tax" tariff for trucks that are built outside the United States.
UPDATE 7/18/23: INEOS confirmed that the Grenadier Quartermaster will be offered in the Unites States, with pricing details set to be released in 2024 when interested American buyers will be able to place an order. With the Grenadier SUV being built in France, its unclear how INEOS plans to avoid the 25 percent "Chicken Tax" tariff for trucks built outside the U.S. unless a new factory is opened stateside.
British chemical company INEOS hopes to keep the rugged, workhorse spirit of the original Land Rover Defender alive with the Grenadier 4x4, its first foray into the automotive world. Now the company is taking its emulation of the Defender one step further, revealing a new pickup-truck version called the Grenadier Quartermaster at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
While the double-cab truck is based on the same bones as the SUV, the Quartermaster's ladder-frame chassis measures 12.0 inches longer, with that extra space allowing for the 61.6-by-63.7-inch bed. Designed to easily fit a standard European pallet, the Quartermaster's bed is nearly as long as the Chevy Colorado's cargo box but around 5.0 inches wider.
Under the hood is the same BMW-sourced turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine lineup as the SUV, offered in Europe as a diesel alongside the 282-hp gas-burning unit. Power is routed through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard center locking differential and two-speed transfer case. Electronically locking front and rear differentials can be added for an extra cost, and the old-school solid axles are supported by a multi-link suspension.
The Quartermaster equals the SUV on towing capacity at 7716 pounds and has a payload of 1676 pounds, with four tie-down hooks and a 400W power takeoff in the bed. With 10.4 inches of ground clearance and a 31.5-inch wading depth, the Quartermaster should be able to handle some pretty serious terrain. An array of accessories will be offered, from a waterproof canvas canopy to a roof rack and a lockable tonneau cover.
The Grenadier Quartermaster will be offered in the same three trim levels as the SUV: a stripped-down base model, an off-road-focused Trialmaster, and a fully loaded luxe Fieldmaster. Orders have opened in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with prices starting at the equivalent of $86,797 at current exchange rates. INEOS hasn't said if the Quartermaster will be offered in the U.S., with deliveries of the Grenadier 4x4 expected to start by the end of 2023.
Powered by Hydrogen
INEOS also used the Goodwood Festival of Speed to show off a hydrogen-powered Grenadier prototype. INEOS said its uses BMW's latest hydrogen fuel-cell system, which we imagine is the 395-hp powertrain from the iX5 that allows for around 300 miles of range on a tank. The hydrogen Grenadier looks nearly identical to the standard combustion versions, save for the sizable hood bulge needed to fit the fuel cell. INEOS says this unsightly protrusion wouldn't make it into a production model.
INEOS appears committed to the alternate fuel source. The company already plans to launch an all-electric model in 2026, and CEO Lynn Calder points to hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles as being well-suited for longer excursions. INEOS may also have a leg up since the company already produces over 400,000 tons of hydrogen each year. "Our demonstrator proves that the technology is capable, but what we need now is support from policy makers to help provide the infrastructure for the next generation of hydrogen vehicles," Calder explained. No timeline was given on when INEOS hopes to sell hydrogen-powered vehicles.
This story was originally published July 13, 2023.
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