What is it like on the inside?
Not for Ineos Automotive the tyranny of the Lane Assist function or any of the other stuff that frequently blights new cars. If the Grenadier is a largely analogue experience, then that philosophy really comes to the fore inside. This is a car that glories in its large, well-spaced and chunky physical buttons rather than burying all the functionality in a touchscreen.
You can operate the main switchgear while wearing gloves. The climate control is done by big rotary knobs, and the hazard warning button sits slap bang in the middle of the console on a striped bezel with little metal hoops either side. It all works brilliantly.
Although that doesn’t mean they’ve done away with a touchscreen. The 12.3in Central Control System sits on top of the centre console, itself an impressively monolithic presence in the cabin, and its displays include speed, revs, gear, fuel level, and tyre pressures. There’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay multi-media connectivity, plus a display for bearing, steering angle, and vehicle attitude.
There’s no binnacle ahead of the driver, so the view ahead is unimpeded (no head-up display either, which you can happily live without). Access to the main screen is done via buttons on the wheel, menu buttons on a lower interface and a rotary controller, or on the touchscreen. An integrated compass with an altimeter is an option, and Ineos has designed its own three-mode Pathfinder navigation system.
If the Grenadier allows itself one moment of design showboating it’s probably in the overhead control panel. This houses all the off-road switchgear, including the buttons for the axle differential locks and the pre-wired auxiliary switches for winches or light bars. You’d only ever be fiddling about up there while stationary which is a good job because it’s not that easy to navigate. Great fun pretending to be a pilot though, isn't it?
Elsewhere, the gear selector is from BMW, and feels a little lightweight alongside the chunky lever that operates the transfer box. The Recaro seats and driving position are fantastic. They’re manually adjustable only, which is no hardship. The standard trim is made of a cloth and vinyl material that’s stain-, dirt- and water-resistant. The interior can be easily cleaned; five drain valves mean it can even be hosed out, and the cabin components are all water and dust-resistant. Safari windows above the driver and passenger are standard on the Fieldmaster and an option on the Trialmaster. They can be opened or removed. Parking sensors are standard at the rear and optional at the front; a rear-view camera is also available.
Perhaps the door-bins could be a bit bigger, and the space at the base of the console is the only place to put your phone if the cupholders are… holding cups. There are six of those, six interior grab handles, a USB-A and C port, and a 12V front socket. You can add more. The rear bench splits 60:40, and has a dry under-seat stowage compartment. There’s 1,152 litres of load space; with the rear bench folded flat, that rises to 2,035 litres.