It looks like a Defender. But Sir James Arthur Ratcliffe, a British millionaire who put together a team responsible for building the Ineos Grenadier, says not to call it a Defender.
This statement traces its history to a failed attempt by the gentleman to purchase the design rights to the legendary off-roader from Land Rover. This prompted him to design this previous-generation lo Defender-looking rig. It’s got cues such as round headlights and taillights, as well as rubberized beltline for protection.
Aside from these, the Ineos Grenadier has barn door-style rear openings, with the one on the left being smaller. Moreover, the theme for this endeavor is making it highly customizable. Buyers can specify parts and accessories right from the factory floor. And yes, Ineos says that this vehicle is its own animal, having its own identity.
But while the new vehicle maker reveals the design for the Grenadier, this is about it for now. It says that the vehicle is in the development stage and will begin testing, which will last about a year, hoping to rack up some 1.8 million kilometers to see if there are any bugs that need to be fixed.
In the meantime, Defender lovers might want to soak up the design and wait and see as Ineos gives us.