The Toyota Hilux rival will appear alongside the firm’s hydrogen-powered Grenadier,
Open-backed version of Grenadier will take on Hilux in the fearsome pick-up segment
Ineos has revealed the name of the long-awaited pick-up version of the Grenadier, which will receive a public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month.
Named the Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster, the Toyota Hilux rival will appear alongside the firm’s hydrogen-powered Grenadier, before taking on the event’s famous hill climb.
The model has been spotted previously during a key phase of testing, taking on icy roads in extreme winter conditions.
As confirmed when Autocar drove the Grenadier for the first time last year, the 4×4 model’s family will be expanded with a pick-up truck (seen here) and a seven-seat passenger version, each using a longer (3175mm) wheelbase than the standard car.
Ineos’s upcoming pick-up was spotted free of any sort of concealing livery, with chunky all-terrain tyres, fueling speculation that it will be just as capable off-road as its SUV-styled sibling.
When the model was previously spotted testing on public roads, it did not feature a conventional load bed at the rear, suggesting the commercial version of the Grenadier could be offered with a range of devices and storage compartments to suit a variety of applications, as was the case with its spiritual forebear, the previous-generation Defender 130 pick-up.
The Grenadier pick-up will no doubt be pitched as a rival to the Toyota Hilux and Volkswagen Amarok, both of which are set to be reinvented using the same underpinnings next year. Land Rover has yet to confirm an open-backed version of the current Defender but has previously hinted that such a model would be “technically possible” and would likely be a strong seller.
Technically, the pick-up will almost certainly follow the SUV. It will likely be offered with a choice of six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from BMW, producing 283bhp and 250bhp respectively.
Losing the rear seats and one-third of the bodywork will also result in a significant drop in kerb weight compared with the 2650kg SUV variant, so subtle performance gains and improved off-road ability could be on the cards.
A more utilitarian focus can be expected on the inside, in line with the often demanding workload of a 4×4 pick-up. The standard car goes big on durability, with drain holes in the floor and a raft of stain-resistant materials, but the pick-up could be offered at a lower price if it is furnished with less kit and fewer upmarket flourishes.