July 14, 2024
SUVs & Crossovers

First Drive Review of the Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster: Overflowing with personality, but hindered by poultry

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – The 2025 Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster is a charming truck, packed with character. With its old-school features like front and rear live axles, recirculating ball steering, and multiple locking differentials, it’s a unique offering in the off-road market. The Quartermaster stands out with its longer wheelbase and bed, making it a distinctive choice for those seeking a simpler, analog off-roader.

However, the Quartermaster’s price may deter some buyers. Starting at $86,900, it commands a premium over its SUV counterpart, primarily due to the historical implications of the ‘chicken tax’ imposed on imported commercial vehicles. Despite its premium pricing, the Quartermaster offers a one-of-a-kind driving experience that may appeal to enthusiasts looking for something different.

The Quartermaster’s unique appeal is expected to find a warm reception in Australia, where its design aligns well with the popular ‘Ute’ concept. In the U.S., the Quartermaster may face competition from more established brands, but its off-road capabilities and distinct styling could still attract a niche audience.

During our test drive in Joshua Tree, the Quartermaster showcased its off-road prowess on dusty, rocky trails. The recirculating ball steering may feel unconventional to some drivers, but it offers a unique driving experience, especially in challenging off-road situations.

The Quartermaster’s powertrain, borrowed from BMW, delivers adequate performance both on and off the road. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine provides a smooth and capable driving experience, although the transmission’s quick upshifts may take some getting used to.

Despite a few drawbacks, such as limited rear seat space and door sealing issues, the Quartermaster offers a unique and compelling option for off-road enthusiasts. With customizable features and accessories, it’s a versatile truck that can tackle a variety of terrains with confidence.

For those looking for a distinctive off-road experience and are willing to pay a premium for it, the Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster presents a compelling choice in a crowded market. Its blend of old-school charm and modern performance make it a unique offering that is sure to turn heads on and off the road.

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