INEOS has released the first detailed interior images of its utilitarian Grenadier 4×4, developed in partnership with Magna Steyr, which show a clear focus on rugged, durable design.
The company states that the interior had to deliver the space, practicality and versatility owners need from a hard-working 4×4. However, the design still had to incorporate the modern technology and comfort expected of a vehicle for the 2020s and beyond.
“When we started thinking about the Grenadier’s interior, we looked carefully at modern aircraft, boats and even tractors for inspiration, where switches are sited for optimal function, regular controls are close to hand, auxiliary ones are further away,” said Toby Ecuyer, head of design. “You can see the same approach in the Grenadier: the layout is functional and logical, designed with ease of use in mind. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t.”
To this end, considerable use is made of large, tactile toggle switches and control dials on the center and overhead consoles, which are widely spaced and clearly labelled, allowing for their use with gloves. Recognising that the vehicles will often be fitted with many task specific accessories, auxiliary power switches have been included, pre-wired to support the addition of winches, work lights and other accessories.
INEOS says that advanced technology is included only where it benefits functionality and usability. For example, the infotainment system, which is accessed via a 12.3in touchscreen, or by using a rotary dial. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration means users can rely on smartphone navigation, and the addition of an off-road pathfinder navigation system allows drivers to program, follow and record their route via waypoints, when roads and tracks are left behind, regardless of cellular coverage.
The various interior surfaces are trimmed in hard-wearing materials, while drain plugs in the rubber flooring and wipe-down upholstery mean the interior can be hosed out. Water-resistant anti-stain seats from Recaro are fitted as standard, and, for those wanting a more civilized experience, carpets and leather trim will be available.
Stowage space has been maximized, with a dry storage box under the rear seat, a lockable central console cubby box, and secure side-mounted storage in the rear load area. There is also scope for individualization, with a wide range of interior options and accessories to help each owner customise the Grenadier to best perform its role.
Dirk Heilmann, INEOS Automotive’s CEO, said, “Inside and out, the Grenadier has been designed to do a job – to get people and their kit where they want to go in comfort, in control and with no fuss. It just works.”
According to INEOS, 130 second-phase Grenadier prototypes are currently halfway through their target of 1,800,000km of gruelling testing around the world, with customer deliveries due to start in July 2022.