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INEOS Grenadier officially open for sales to the South African public

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INEOS Automotive has launched a true utilitarian workhorse that is comfortable, practical, durable and reliable, and it meets the expectations of any 21st century 4×4 drivers!

  • Design
  • Comfort and refinement
  • Unobstructed visibility
  • Engine and power
  • Grenadier Trialmaster and Fieldmaster Editions
  • Two-speed transfer case and permanent four-wheel drive
  • Three differential locks
  • Selectable driving modes
  • Safety
  • Ordering process
  • Customer service
  • Owner support
  • Service, parts and manuals
  • Vehicle warranty

Designed to prioritise function over its form

The Grenadier’s design is timeless, easy-to-read and nothing is for show as it is only there to accommodate the needs of every 4×4 owner. It has a boxy 4×4 design that maximizes space efficiency, and for the best off-road capability its wheels are positioned into the corners of the chassis.

It has round lamps on the front and rear. The front lights clusters are identical to the units on the left and the right, making the availability of its parts and servicing a lot easier; similarly, the rear lamps are a common unit too. Its centre LED auxiliary high beam lights are integrated into the front grille and provides an extra 1,080 lumens when tackling off-road terrains.

The belt line along the bodysides is functional – bump strips are included as standard, or the optional utility belt can be added for attaching a raft of accessories. The body colors available for the exterior are: Scottish White, Magic Mushroom, Eldoret Blue, Britannia Blue, Sela Green and Inky Black in a solid color, while Sterling Silver, Shale Blue, Queen’s Red and Donny Grey in Metallic Paint.

Comfort and refinement comes standard

The Grenadier Station Wagon has five seats and is configured to offer optimum balance between payload and passenger carrying capability. Its interior comes standard in black. It offers comfort, refinement and standard features that most drivers these days expect.

Unobstructed visibility for ultimate wheel placement: It has large wing mirrors and the instrument cluster on the central touchscreen contributes to unobstructed sigh of both front corner and optimum visibility when driving off-road. This helps with pinpoint wheel placement when tackling tricky off-road terrain. The touchscreen can also display a clear view of the steering angle for added reassurance. Parking sensors come standard at the rear and optional at the front, simplifying manoeuvrability in and out of tight spaces. An optional rear-view camera – included on Belstaff editions – further aids rear visibility and helps in hitching-up a trailer, too.

Control at the driver’s fingertips: Its driving information and everything the driver needs to know is in one place, from speed, gear and fuel level, through to tyre pressures, maps, media, phonebook, current bearing, co-ordinates, steering angle, vehicle attitude, and more. The Central Control System displays all required information via an easy-to-control 12.3-inch touchscreen, which can be accessed using the buttons on the multi-function steering wheel or the rotary controller on the centre console.

The Grenadier comes with a DAB+ radio as standard. Passengers can easily access playlists and podcasts with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay®, while Bluetooth connectivity and voice control allow for hands-free calls. Power is always on tap, with USB-A, USB-C and 12V sockets as standard. Extra outlets can be added as an option. Off-road, owners can use INEOS Automotive’s Pathfinder navigation system (included as standard). Pathfinder enables the driver to plot GPS waypoints, save and share .GPX files. An optional compass and altimeter are included on Trialmaster and Fieldmaster Editions, conveniently integrated into the centre console.

Open-source pre-wiring offers all the equipment the driver needs at their fingertips. The Grenadier is equipped with three 10A circuits as standard, switchable from the overhead control panel. For heavy duty applications, including light bars and winches, owners can choose the high load auxiliary switch panel, which provides four extra circuits (three 25A and one 500A), plus four integrated, weatherproof, roof-mounted sockets.

Where does it get its power from?

The Grenadier was designed to be as equally fun on-road as it is off-road. It is powered by a choice of two straight-six, 3.0-litre BMW engines. Both the BMW B57 diesel and B58 petrol powertrains have appeared regularly in top ten world’s best engine lists since 2016. These engines have been used in everything from sports cars to SUVs.

Although the two engine options brings sophistication and refinement to the Grenadier, they have been enhanced by INEOS Automotive’s engineering team and provides powerful acceleration on tarmac, but delivers peak torque at low revs for an optimal off-road perfomance. The turbo petrol engine delivers 210kW with 450Nm of torque, while the twin-turbo diesel generates 183kW with 550Nm of torque for an even greater pulling power.

Depending on the markets, every Grenadier variant can be powered by either the petrol or the diesel engine and is paired to a eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Grenadier Trialmaster and Fieldmaster Editions

In addition to the standard specification Grenadier, INEOS Automotive also offers two preconfigured vehicle editions. Both Grenadier Trialmaster and Fieldmaster Editions have been curated with specific purposes in mind and are built to take on the outdoor world.

Trialmaster Edition: Built for extreme off-roading, it is named after the iconic Belstaff Trialmaster Jacket that was reated in 1948 at the request of professional Trials biker and Irishman, Sammy Miller, and was designed to cope with the gruelling conditions of the Scottish Six Days Trial. It has added front and rear diff locks, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tyres, a raised air intake, exterior utility belts, and an auxiliary battery. The trialmaster is for customers that are passionate about hardcore off-roading and tacking the toughest terrains.

Grenadier Fieldmaster Edition: It is also named after the iconic Belstaff Fieldmaster Jacket, but the difference is that this model was designed for a glamping life in the outdoors. It comes with a collection of comfort and convenience features that makes the Grenadier even easier to use in every situation. It includes a rear-view camera, puddle lamps, power heated door mirrors and auxiliary USB power outlets. Other additional premium enhancements include 17-inch alloy wheels (with the option to upgrade to 18-inch alloy wheels), Safari Windows, leather upholstery, carpet floor mats and heated front seats. The Grenadier Fieldmaster Edition makes outdoor adventures even more accessible.

The Grenadier rides on traditional, hard-wearing 17-inch steel wheels as standard, with 18inch steel, 17-inch alloy and 18-inch alloy options available. All use a six-stud pattern with a six-stud pattern with a 130mm Pitch Circle Diameter (PCD), and are available with both Bridgestone and BFGoodrich tyres. Owners can also choose locking wheel nuts to keep the wheels secure.

Two-speed transfer case and permanent four-wheel drive

The Grenadier is only offered with permanent four-wheel-drive to ensure constant traction on any surface and to ensure that its reliable. It has two-speed transfer case that operates manually and has a built-in centre differential which is lockable in both high and low range. It even features an external oil cooling system!

Three differential locks for ultimate traction

Two optional electronically actuated diff locks are available, front and rear, with 100% mechanical management. The front and rear diff locks can be toggled from the overhead control panel and disengaged automatically at 75km/h to protect the drivetrain.

Selectable driving modes for precision driving

The Grenadier has key convenience and safety features developed for on-road driving that can be redundant off-road. The integrated Wading Mode ensures that the vehicle is set up for wading, monitoring engine temperature and disabling the engine fan when it is safe to do so. When you take the vehicle off-road, your central touchscreen displays all relevant information for the driver, including vehicle attitude, steering angle, system temperatures and drivetrain utilisation. The Downhill Assist dynamically brakes individual wheels to enhance control of the Grenadier on extreme descents, while Uphill Assist automatically holds the Grenadier in position after the driver releases the handbrake, and provides added safety when tackling steeper terrain.

Its safe and secure

Even in a back-to-basics 4×4 utility vehicle, modern safety features matter and the Grenadier features a range of in-built safety systems as standard. It comes with two front airbags, two curtain airbags, and two side airbags for driver and front passenger, as well as ISOFIX/iSize child seat anchor points for each of the two outboard rear seats on five-seat models.

The following are also included as standard to help to keep occupants safe, relaxed and in control: anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic traction control (ETC), and electronic stability control (ESC), automatic hazard warning, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), seatbelt reminder system and SOS Emergency Call††, Uphill Assist, Downhill Assist, cruise control and Trailer Stability Assist. An alarm and an immobiliser are fitted as standard, and this can be upgraded to an advanced anti-theft alarm and immobiliser as an option.

Simplified ordering process

Order books and an enhanced online configurator go live from 18 May. While thousands of reservists around the world have priority to secure their build slot, anyone in the launch markets can configure and order their Grenadier.

The online configurator at ineosgrenadier.com takes customers through the build of their perfect Grenadier, step-by-step, and for customers in most major launch markets, the vehicle price updates in real time and an online finance calculator is part of the process.

Once they’ve settled on configuration, customers will be able to choose their collection location – an interactive map showing nearest retailers will be available on the website. A deposit payment of R40 000 – refundable until the vehicle contract is signed – secures a build slot. The R10 000 reservation fee already paid by customers will contribute to the deposit amount.

Customer service for every step

INEOS Automotive has opened its UK-based customer contact centre to support those just beginning to learn about the Grenadier as well as those who need help as they finalise their order. Customers can get in touch by phone, email, and via live webchats.  

The English and German desks are open from 7am to 7pm on weekdays. Italian, Spanish and French speaking support staff are available between 8am and 5pm.

From 3 May, the English service will be available 24/7, German will be available between 7am and 7pm weekdays and 8am-4pm on weekends. The Italian, Spanish and French language service will be available between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. All times are BST.

Owner support

By removing unnecessary complexity, stripping back electronics and providing accessible information, there’s less to go wrong and, if it does, it’s easy to fix. From the full box-section ladder frame to the corrosion-resistant and galvanised body, every component on the Grenadier is engineered for strength and built to last. INEOS has taken the best possible engine, gearbox, axle and transfer case combination for the Grenadier and specifically tuned them to accomplish the task in hand.

Service, parts and manuals

Once they’ve taken delivery of their Grenadier, customers will have the reassurance of comprehensive aftersales support from INEOS. Retailers will be the backbone of the service network, providing maintenance, repair and parts. Additional geographical coverage will be provided by hand-picked INEOS-accredited independent 4X4 specialist workshops. The aim is for most customers to always be within a reasonable distance of an authorised service point. ‘Flying Spanner’ technicians from INEOS HQ are on-call if the service network needs additional support. Roadside assistance will also be included as standard with every Grenadier. For all owners, help will never be far away.

INEOS Automotive recommends a regular 12-month servicing interval for the Grenadier; or six-month servicing for continuous tough environments. For owners who want to carry out work on their Grenadier themselves, INEOS will provide online 3D interactive manuals with support from the technical team at INEOS HQ just a call or a click away. The vehicle has been deliberately designed and engineered to be easy to work on inside and out.

The INEOS-accredited service network will hold stock of common parts to ensure customers can get back on the road quickly. Any parts that aren’t on the shelf in the network will be dispatched from a 6,000m2 global parts hub in Belgium by express courier.

After 1.8 million kilometres of testing and development, INEOS is confident in the Grenadier’s durability and reliability. So, it provides the peace-of-mind of a comprehensive warranty.

Complete vehicle warranty provision is as follows:

  • UK/Europe/Middle East/ANZ: Five years / unlimited mileage
  • Africa: Five years / 100,000 km
  • North America: Five years / 60,000 miles

Globally, the Grenadier will come with a three-year paint warranty, a three-year warranty for accessories, and the ladder-frame chassis and body components will have a 12year antiperforation warranty.

Launch markets are:

  • Europe: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland
  • Sub-Sahara Africa: South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana
  • APAC: Australia, New Zealand
  • MENA: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco

Full pricing in the online configurator and finance tool is available for customers in:

  • Europe: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Austria
  • Sub-Sahara Africa: South Africa
  • APAC: Australia, New Zealand

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