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Open-back variant of the 4x4 aims to be the most capable pick-up on the market

The Ineos Quartermaster pick-up has been revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It is the open-backed version of the Grenadier 4x4.

It is 305mm longer than the Grenadier Station Wagon, giving it a load bay that measures 1564mm long and 1619mm wide – large enough to carry a standard Euro pallet. The load bay is also fitted with 400W power take-off and four tie-down rings, while the tailgate can support up to 225kg when open.

The Quartermaster’s towing and payload capacities match those of the five-seat Station Wagon. It can pull up to 3500kg and carry up to 835kg or 760kg (in petrol and diesel guise, respectively, excluding the driver’s weight).

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Power comes courtesy of the same BMW-supplied 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged engines as the Station Wagon. The petrol unit produces 282bhp and 332lb ft, while the diesel makes 246bhp and 406lb ft. This is delivered to all four wheels through a centre differential with a two-speed transfer case. Front and rear differentials are optional extras.

Ineos boasts of the Quartermaster’s “class-leading” off-road capabilities, with 264mm of ground clearance and an 800mm wading depth. Its maximum approach, breakover and departure angles are 35.5deg, 26.2deg and 22.6deg, respectively.

Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster rear quarter tracking on dirt track

For reference, the Ford Ranger Raptor has an approach angle of 32.0deg, and breakover and departure angles of 24.0deg.

The trim line-up mirrors that of the Grenadier Station Wagon, with regular, Trialmaster and Fieldmaster trims. Prices ranges from £66,125 (including VAT) for a base model to £73,715 for a Belstaff Edition.

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anglia 14 July 2023

What's the backup plan for poor sales, military version?

macboy 14 July 2023

Who is it for in the UK? It's £70k (or more with options), speed limited because of its commercial categorisation but can't carry a tonne so isn't VAT reclaimable. It has "tool" credentials as an off-roader so they say but it can't carry any more than my Volvo while it does it. It'll also struggle to do 20mpg and it's HUGE on UK roads. Hardly a go-too choice for business. So is it lifestyle choice for London surfers who need a way to transport their boards to Croyde? It's an abolsute mystery. 

HuwPugh 25 July 2023

That's correct, even the Quartermaster is not eligible for VAT and business tax relief due to its excessive weight that limits payload to 750kgs, and that includes passengers and fuel. So never mind the tax, in practical terms it can only carry 500kgs or so of cargo in the back. If towing, the towball download for a 3.5 ton trailer may be 200kgs, which further limits the vehicle's on-board payload.

I had a Grenadier five seat panel sided version on order and was looking forward to it but, thank goodness, I learnt about the tax situation, which led me to cancel it and order a new Ford Ranger. After claiming the VAT back on Ranger, the purchase price difference is more than £30,000 and the Ranger is quieter, much nicer to drive, far more economical, carries well in excess of 1000Kg and has far more safety and modern features. It even has full time 4wd and a ten speed automatic and rear dif lock as standard [Wildtrak].  Only in the most extreme of extreme conditions will the Grenadier better the best common pickups today and for a fleet, for the price of two Grenadiers [£140k] you could buy three Ranger Wildtraks [£120k] and have change to buy a nice Dacia Duster for nipping to the supermarket with enough change to buy a family a couple of month's groceries.

Symanski 14 July 2023

One thing that's catching people out with the Grenadier, and I only learned about a couple of weeks ago, is that it's classed as a commercial vehicle in the UK.   Not a passenger car.


How does that affect the owners?


Firstly, its been reported insurance is harder to find and more costly.


Secondly, you're then limited to a lower speed limit, not the same as passenger cars like the New Defender.


Plus, you're still working with a heavy vechicle with low, for today, MPG.   You can't load it up as much as you'd think due to its maximum weight (with driver and passengers).


Also if you're a business buyer then do look up the Benefit in Kind and VAT implications on this as HMRC aren't recognising it as yet either.


Vee_8 17 July 2023

You're spot on. 

For business, non-reclaimable VAT makes it a non-starter. 

For personal use, I doubt many are aware that because the DVLA class it as a commercial you're restricted to slower speeds. Are speed camera's intelligent? 

Finally, to put the last nail in the coffin, it's so overweight that it won't take much payload which means again not much use commercially, or as an overlander where by the time you've added roof tent etc. you'll be way overweight again. 

It's hard to see how they could have made so many mistakes. 

And that's before you get to whether or not you like the looks or the way it drives!!