You wait ages for a Land Rover Defender replacement, then two arrive in quick succession.
Back in November, I wrote about the new Defender, bemoaning the fact that, apart from a few details, it just didn’t look ‘Defender’ enough.
And here’s the thing, I’d say that the Ineos Grenadier, unveiled today, probably looks too much like the original Defender (with more than a hint of Mercedes G-Wagon thrown in for good measure). Typical designer – never satisfied, eh?!
Don’t get me wrong, I much prefer it to the new Defender – whose success will largely, I suspect, be built on pointlessly stealing sales from its Discovery sibling. That said, I like the interior, and the recently unveiled, and more honest-looking, Hard Top commercial version is a definite improvement.
However, following the teaser shot of the Grenadier’s embossed bonnet, I had high hopes of something, as I said in November, with similarly confident lines to FIAT’s outgoing 500 and Ford’s last two Mustangs.
Would I buy one? If I had the money, yes. The Ineos Grenadier is a classic, slightly quirky, plucky British underdog. And as a nation, we always love one of those.
Photo: Ineos Automotive