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First Drive: 2025 Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster

by | June 25, 2024

Ineos channels rugged pickups with the 2025 Quartermaster. Rugged Grenadier underpinnings mix with impressive pickup capability to produce a unique offering.

The 2025 Ineos Quartermaster is attempting to give potential buyers a pickup that’s trail-ready.

With the Ineos Grenadier SUV now on sale at the brand’s 19 dealerships – with more to come – it’s time for a follow-up. Given the Grenadier is a body-on-frame SUV, it’s not too difficult to surmise what comes next: a pickup truck.

Quartermaster has familiar underpinnings

Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster’s bed measures slightly longer than five feet.

For 2025, Ineos is fielding the Grenadier Quartermaster, as foursquare a pickup as ever existed, with upright lines that do little to cheat the wind but do much to aid in its utility. While it shares its ladder frame with the SUV, the Quartermaster’s wheelbase is a foot longer, and the overall length is nearly two feet longer than the Grenadier. The Quartermaster’s cab seats five, while its 61.5-inch-long, 63.7-inch-wide pick-up bed does the hefty lifting, with a payload rating of 1,675 pounds and a trailer rating of 7,716 pounds.

Power comes courtesy of a turbocharged inline 3.0-liter six-cylinder gas engine funneling 282 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed ZF gearbox. Other familiar components include a Tremec transfer case, Eaton differential lockers, and Brembo brakes. By using such familiar components, repair, should you need it, is easy.

How does it perform?

The Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster’s recirculating ball steering, while perfect off-road, calls for more corrections on-road.

Ineos doesn’t state the Quartermaster’s weight, but it’s no lightweight, as reaching 60 mph takes 8.8 seconds. But this pickup isn’t about speed. It’s about capability. And it goes far beyond most pickups, with 10.4 inches of ground clearance and the ability to cross through 31.5 inches of water. Take it over the meadow and through the woods and you’ll find this is its element, with a 35.5-degree approach angle, 26.2-degree breakover angle, and 22.6-degree departure angle.

And while its longer length calls for care when taking an off-road corner, it enhances the ride quality. Actually, what’s so remarkable about the Quartermaster’s performance is its use of tried-and-true engineering, like solid axle suspension and hydraulic recirculating-ball steering. While it may call for more on-road steering, once concrete has been left far behind, the steering allows for more precise placement of the vehicle. Similarly, the suspension travel and allowance for incredible wheel articulation is remarkable.

All of this occurs in a remarkably high-quality cabin, with excellent fit and finish and sturdy materials that feel they will last for an eternity. Then again, Ineos engineers the vehicle for 30 years, not 10.

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The inside story

The Quartermaster’s interior is much like that of the SUV’s.

The seating is firm and upright, and the interior’s motif is luxurious and utilitarian. There are no cartoony luxury finishes or buttons, this dude is all about work, not frivolity. With an interior crafted by an aircraft designer, it’s no surprise that the off-road switches are overhead, while comfort and convenience switches reside below the center-mounted screen, which is where the vehicle gauges and infotainment system are located. A small screen in front of the driver shows lights for the off-road systems and emergency lights to allow for better concentration off-road. It’s a remarkable achievement in a new pickup.

Looks good, doesn’t it?

That said, it won’t come cheap with a base model starting at $86,900, which includes a 25% Chicken Tax, a tariff on imported light trucks enacted in the 1960s, and never repealed. But you could pay just as much from a domestic manufacturer and get less. We aren’t naming names.

Needless to say, if you can afford this ticket, it’s well worth investigating, as its distinctive looks, sturdy construction, and impressive capability make it a fine new addition to the pickup wars.


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