The brand new Ineos Grenadier four-wheel drive hasn’t correctly touched down in Australia but, nevertheless it’s already in demand with greater than 1000 orders held.
Anybody who orders a Grenadier now received’t have their automotive constructed till July 2023, which implies it’s unlikely to reach Down Below till October 2023.
Buyer deliveries kick off in Australia late in 2022, though the majority of orders will begin rolling out from early in 2023. Order books opened in Might this yr.
Ineos has beforehand mentioned Australia and New Zealand are among the many greatest markets for the Grenadier worldwide based mostly on reservations.
He didn’t verify precisely what number of of these reservations (a refundable $800 dedication) have changed into formal orders ($5000 deposit), however Ineos APAC area boss Justin Hocevar advised CarExpert the corporate is “deeply happy by that conversion price”.
“We lose a couple of individuals alongside the way in which, however the drop-off price is tiny,” Mr Hocevar mentioned.
“These are individuals who nonetheless haven’t pushed a completed product, however they’re huge believers in it. Now it’s incumbent upon us to ship on a product that delivers on their expectations,” he mentioned.
Mr Hocevar has beforehand mentioned he’d be proud of 1000 gross sales within the Grenadier’s first yr on sale, however confirmed the present order financial institution goes past that determine.
He’s forecasting the order financial institution will bounce once more when demonstrators are rolled out and reservation holders are capable of drive the automotive. Round 80 per cent of orders have been for the BMW-supplied 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, slightly than the inline-six petrol.
“We’ve obtained loads of different reservation holders which might be sitting and ready to check drive the car as effectively, fairly understandably. They’ve backed it sufficient with a reservation charge, however earlier than they go to a full order they wish to expertise it for themselves,” he mentioned.
There’s additionally been “early engagement” with fleets, a few of which see the Grenadier as a purpose-built four-wheel drive that “goes to swimsuit their use instances” in market with restricted selection.
The Grenadier is the brainchild of Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the British billionaire engineer and chairman of multinational petrochemical big Ineos. No expense has been spared on his ardour undertaking.
The official story says Ratcliffe was hanging out in London’s Grenadier pub in 2017, bemoaning Land Rover’s choice to kill the outdated Defender and substitute it with the extra trendy and opulent new SUV mannequin.
Australia is taken into account internally to be a “core launch market” for the ladder-frame, inflexible axle Grenadier alongside Europe, the US and South Africa, which means locals get the form of precedence entry to automobiles many manufacturers would crave
Manufacturing Grenadiers are going to be constructed at a 210,000 square-metre ex-Mercedes-Benz plant in Hambach, France, that has since been bought by Ineos. Since 2019 the plant has acquired a claimed $770 million in upgrades, funded by each Mercedes-Benz and Ineos.
The bespoke improvement automobiles have been constructed by Magna in Austria, and underwent a broadly coated torture-testing program.
Two physique types are being supplied in Australia at launch. The Grenadier Utility Wagon is a two-seater with a full-height crash barrier and flat ground that may deal with an ordinary 1200mm x 800mm Euro pallet. The Station Wagon is a five-seater.
Energy comes from two 3.0-litre inline-six cylinder engines sourced from BMW. The petrol makes 210kW of energy and 450Nm of torque, whereas the diesel makes 183kW and 550Nm.
Each engines come mated to a ZF eight-speed automated transmission (codenamed 8HP51 for the petrol, 8HP76 for the diesel), with what Ineos calls a brand new “heavy obligation” torque converter.
All Grenadiers come commonplace with everlasting four-wheel drive (4WD), with low-range accessed by means of a 2.5:1 Tremec two-speed switch case.
Matching the class-leaders, the Grenadier can even have a 3.5-tonne braked towing capability.
Floor clearance is listed as 264mm, wading depth 800mm, strategy angle 36.3 levels, break over 28.2 levels, and departure angle 36.1 levels. Powder-coated skid plates and a fuel-tank plate are commonplace.
There’s no haggling, with Ineos utilizing an ‘company mannequin’ with set pricing.
The corporate will management stock and pricing, and pay seller companions with a “straight-forward fee”, a lot within the fashion of Mercedes-Benz and Honda.
A deposit fee of $5000 (refundable till the car contract is signed) secures a construct slot.
Grenadier Utility Wagon (two-seat)
- 2023 Ineos Grenadier Base petrol and diesel: $84,500
- 2023 Ineos Grenadier Trailmaster petrol and diesel: $95,495
- 2023 Ineos Grenadier Fieldmaster petrol and diesel: $95,495
Grenadier Station Wagon (five-seat)
- 2023 Ineos Grenadier Base petrol and diesel: $85,500
- 2023 Ineos Grenadier Trailmaster petrol and diesel: $96,495
- 2023 Ineos Grenadier Fieldmaster petrol and diesel: $96,495
All costs exclude on-road prices.
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