On the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity over the summer time, Ineos Automotive debuted the Grenadier Quartermaster pickup. Developed along side the Grenadier station wagon already on sale right here, Ineos prolonged the Quartermaster’s wheelbase 12 inches past the wagon’s span to make sure wholesome room for a five-seater double cab; the 129-inch wheelbase is a hair longer than that of the 2024 Ford Ranger SuperCrew. The Quartermaster’s mattress measures 61.6 inches lengthy, two inches longer than the five-foot Styleside mattress on the Ranger. Payload maxes out at 1,675 kilos, strapping made simpler due to 4 tie-downs within the mattress. The heavy obligation tailgate is rated to help 496 kilos when open. Towing matches the 7,716-pound score for the wagon, and a 400-watt energy take-off comes commonplace. Pickup manufacturing is now beneath manner at Ineos’ manufacturing facility in Hambach, France, on the identical strains operating the Grenadier wagon.
European deliveries are scheduled for this month, adopted by Asia Pacific, African, and Center Japanese markets, then the U.S. in “early 2024.” A chassis cab mannequin is due in 2024, the naked bones prepared for conversion firms to do their work.
Naturally, we do not have U.S. pricing for the pickup but. Making an attempt to make use of European pricing to evaluate the place the pickup shall be priced in relation to the wagon is tough, since pricing varies fairly a bit by nation. The European markets we seemed into outdoors the UK into do not get a base Grenadier wagon trim like we do, nor a base Quartermaster trim — they’ve launched solely with the costlier Fieldmaster and Trailmaster Editions for each physique kinds. These trims begin at $79,500 right here. The flowery wagon and pickup price the identical in Germany, the wagon is €500 costlier than the pickup in France, €10,000 costlier than the pickup in Spain, and £2,000 costlier than the pickup within the U.Okay.
We suppose the higher query could be how Ineos plans to get the pickup right here, contemplating our 25% so-called Rooster Tax on imported pickups and work vans shall be ready for the Quartermaster on the port. The authorities frown on automakers importing decoy automobiles that get regionally transformed into vehicles that will be taxed in any other case, for instance, Mercedes’ convolutions with the Sprinter and Ford’s with the Transit Join. We have not heard of any home manufacturing partnerships to get the truck constructed domestically, and the wheelbase distinction between the wagon and pickup means Ineos would have a tough time doing that, anyway. If Ineos decides to lump the tax into the worth, the Quartermaster all of a sudden will get uncomfortably shut to 6 figures. We anticipate finding out how this thriller will get solved.