Following a debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, production has begun of the Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster. The double-cab pick up is being assembled on the same production line in Hambach, France, as the Station Wagon, and will be offered across the globe; European deliveries are expected before the end of 2023, with North America, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa to follow in 2024.
The big sell of the Quartermaster over the standard Grenadier will be the fact it is so damn big. It rides on a wheelbase fully 305mm longer than the Station Wagon, at 3,227mm; overall vehicle length is 5,400mm, width is 2,146mm with the mirrors out and it’s 2,019mm tall. So be careful at the car park. If the Quartermaster looks big in the production hall, that’s because it really is huge.
The benefit, of course, will be in what it can carry: Ineos says that a 1200mm x 800mm Euro pallet fits in ‘with ease’, and the bed can hold up to 760kg. A chassis cab version is going to follow as well, the back of the truck exposed for customers to add on what they wish; it’s going to be aimed at ‘conversion specialists’ as well as ‘commercial body builders’ (not the ones flogging dody supplements on social media, presumably).
The oily bits of the Quartermaster are identical to those employed by the regular Grenadier, meaning BMW engines (3.0-litre petrol or diesel), ZF eight-speed auto, a ladder frame chassis, two-speed transfer cases, solid beam axles and up to three locking diffs. Wherever a Station Wagon could reach, a Quartermaster is going to follow. Just while looking a bit cooler.
“The start of production for our second model line is another extremely exciting and important milestone for Ineos Automotive.” said Lynn Calder, Ineos Automotive CEO. “As part of the final sign-off process I drove a late prototype in both Spain and the African bush and it’s unbeatable off-road, combining the rugged capability and refined performance of the Station Wagon with the enormous load bay that can carry a huge amount of kit and cargo. It’s a great addition to our model line-up.”
For those that haven’t yet placed an order and are eagerly awaiting their Christmas present, Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster prices kick off at £66,215. That price makes it comparable more with the £65k five-seat Utility Wagon than the plusher Station Wagon, which is from £76,000. Like the SW, the Quartermaster range will also include a Trialmaster Edition (£73,715) and a Fieldmaster Edition at the same money. We’ll endeavour to get behind the wheel as soon as possible!
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