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Open-backed version of Grenadier will take on Toyota Hilux in fearsome pick-up segment
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15 September 2021

With just months to go until the Ineos Grenadier 4x4 arrives in showrooms, fresh shots have emerged of a pick-up version being tested on public roads. 

As confirmed when Autocar drove the Grenadier for the first time earlier this year, the 4x4 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. 

The prototype seen here goes without a conventional bed, 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 in being 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, too, 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 4x4 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.

Ineos has yet to confirm a specific launch date for the second Grenadier variant but has previously said it will come "soon after" the arrival of the SUV.  

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Tillydog1 17 September 2021

I have a Hilux on order and would have considered one of these if it was built in the UK, I feel that's a reasonable adjustment on my behalf 

Build it in France however then you compete on equal terms and so it's Toyota all the way I'm afraid 

martin_66 16 September 2021
Fabulous looking car. If only a British company had designed something that looks like this.
ianp55 16 September 2021

Taking on the Hi Lux is rather ambitious,VW tried with the first generation Amarok and it wasn't  as successful as anticipated,hence the second generation  is a rebadged Ford Ranger. Mercedes-Benz came to grief with the X-Class putting the three pointed star on a Nissan then charging a premium price for didn't fool anyone and it was taken off the market after a couple of years. So how will Ineos approach selling their pick-up? well the patriotic made in Blighty card has gone,since assembly of the vehicle is in France with the body & chassis made in Portugal and the mechanicals from BMW. So perhaps it will try to compete at the top end of the Hi-Lux range say the Invincible trim line but it's difficult to see how it could do battle with the bread and butter versions of the Isuzu,Nissan & Toyota trucks as they are already well established here with the after sales service to cope with the demands of the market