Robust luxury arrives in Namibia

The name Ineos may sound unfamiliar to many in the motor industry.

Involved in a variety of sectors, such as chemicals, polymers, oil, hygiene, sport, yacht sailing and F1 motorsport industries, it has names behind it like Mercedes-AMG and Petronas.

The Grenadier resembles the old discontinued Land Rover Defender.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe from the Ineos group and his friends once got together at a pub called Grenadier, and thought there must be a way to keep this shape alive and on the roads.

And so the Ineos Grenadier was born.

The very first Ineos Grenadiers set foot in Namibia when two test models were sent here to be tried and tested in March 2022.

And after millions of testing kilometres across the globe, Ineos Grenadier’s showroom opened in January 2023 under the M+Z name.

Though the Grenadier was known for its SUV style, the designers did not sit idle, and the Quartermaster was soon on the drawing boards, unveiling a fully fledged double-cab bakkie to the market.

With Namibia receiving only two, the vehicles drew a lot of attention.

The very first one was sold shortly after it landed in the showroom.

The Quartermaster fits in both urban and rural worlds.

The car is made to work.

“The double cab has been specified for all of your adventures, on and off-road. It brings comfort, style and refinement with interior leather, carpet floor mats and 17” alloy wheels,” the brand’s brochure reads.

M+Z sales executive Tertius Joubert says the vehicle’s concept is basic for over-landers and can be ordered directly from the factory without a rear load box, so that owners can add their own specified load box.

The load box also houses the full spare wheel, with additional space to fit aftermarket spare wheel brackets.

To add to the adventure and other needs for the vehicle, Joubert said one can order aftermarket products like a winch, bull and tow bars, as well as chequered plates on the front fenders from the factory.

This five-seater edition comes either in a BMW six-cylinder in line petrol (B58) or diesel B57 engines, delivering a mighty 210kW on the petrol engine.

The manufacturers did a sterling job by equipping the vehicle with an eight-speed ZF gearbox.

During a recent test drive with a Grenadier, this gearbox is a breeze on any terrain – from the soft sands of Pelican Point to the mountainous areas of the Khomas Hochland, not to mention the scenic routes of the Cape.

This gearbox does not only make the ride a joy, but powers the vehicle, weighing in over 2 600kg from 0-100km/h in under 10 seconds.

Despite the size of the vehicle, its fuel efficiency can be described as efficient, and its average consumption is 12,6L/100km.

It comes with a 90-litre fuel tank.

The vehicle has impressive figures when it comes to size.

The length of 5 400mm, height of 2 019mm, and wheelbase of 3277mm makes it a substantially large, but capable vehicle.

Its off-road capabilities makes it ideal for almost any terrain.

Its wading or water depth is 800mm.

Standard features on the Q-Master are 1-inch alloy wheels, locking wheel nuts, safari windows, loading bay liner, leather trim, a premium sound system and compass with altimeter.

This vehicle comes with heated front seats for colder days, and when it is it sunny, you can pop up or completely remove the safari windows.

The designers have thought of everything when they built this car, and it’s obvious that robustness and comfort with a touch of luxury were high on the agenda.

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