In just a few short months since its debut, the Ineos Grenadier has emerged as a resounding triumph for Ineos Automotive. This off-road utility vehicle has not only garnered significant attention but has also captured the hearts of a dedicated customer base. Its appeal lies in its unapologetic ruggedness, no-frills design, and robust body-on-frame construction, setting it apart in a world where many SUVs have embraced modernity and urban styling.
The Ineos Grenadier’s retro-inspired aesthetics pay homage to classic off-roaders of yesteryears, evoking a sense of nostalgia among enthusiasts. Its utilitarian design is a refreshing departure from the often overly stylized and tech-laden vehicles of today. Moreover, the Grenadier’s exceptional off-road capabilities make it a formidable contender for those seeking adventure beyond paved roads, earning it a special place among old-school off-roading aficionados and overlanding enthusiasts.
As an embodiment of ruggedness and a no-compromise approach to utility, the Ineos Grenadier is poised to carve out a unique niche in the automotive world, resonating with those who value authenticity, capability, and the spirit of exploration. It stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of off-road vehicles that prioritize function over fashion, appealing to the true essence of adventure and exploration on the road less traveled.
Camper conversion companies have quickly recognized the immense potential of the Ineos Grenadier as a capable off-road platform. As the vehicle is already available in several markets and is set to make its debut in the US in early 2024, companies are gearing up to offer camper kits tailored specifically for the Grenadier.
One such company, Sydney-based pop-top camper specialists Expedition Centre, has unveiled the world’s first pop-top conversion designed exclusively for the Ineos Grenadier. This conversion allows owners to transform their vehicle into a camper, enabling memorable road trips and off-road adventures.
Expedition Centre, known for crafting pop-up roofs for popular 4×4 vehicles since 2009, has adapted its Mulgo Pop Top for the four-door SUV. This camper kit offers owners exceptional versatility, comfort, and the freedom to explore the great outdoors.
The Mulgo Pop Top is constructed from lightweight aluminum, minimizing added weight while maintaining the vehicle’s structural integrity and ensuring durability through rust resistance. This kit replaces the Grenadier’s original roof, transforming the cabin into a comfortable sleeping space for two.
What sets the Mulgo Pop Top apart is its seamless integration into the vehicle’s body panels, providing a genuine and cohesive appearance. The roof easily lifts within seconds thanks to gas struts and accessible latches from the inside. Expedition Centre has gone the extra mile by including load-bearing handles, external power points, and interior lighting as part of the conversion.
The extension adds approximately 7.0 inches (nearly 18 cm) of height to the vehicle, allowing for adjustable sleeping arrangements. This design allows you to lift the sleeping platform when not in use, creating a standing room inside. An included 2.8-inch thick dual-layer, high-density mattress ensures a comfortable night’s sleep. Setting up and packing down the bed is hassle-free, with the ability to store sleeping bags in the space between the supporting platform and the roof when closed. LED reading lights are also thoughtfully included in the sleeping area.
For those seeking added comfort, an upgrade is available in the form of a Swiss-designed Fanello bed with timber slats and patented latex cushions.
The walls of the pop-up roof are constructed from Airtex, a weatherproof, breathable fabric that maintains a fresh and airy interior while providing protection from the elements. Mosquito nets cover the windows, which can be conveniently closed from the inside using the Velcro lining. The Grenadier’s sleeping area offers two side windows and one at the back, all large enough to provide panoramic views of the surroundings while in bed.
Airline tracks are mounted on the roof’s top to accommodate load bars or roof racks, and Expedition Center offers an optional solar panel for the roof.
In addition to the basic conversion, Expedition Centre offers optional extras for buyers looking to enhance their camping experience. MOLLE panels can be installed beneath the bed to keep items organized, and with the roof raised, the cargo area can accommodate a slide-out kitchen for on-the-go cooking. Rails on the exteriors of the doors can be used to attach tables.
In fact, Expedition Centre suggests that space-efficient packages designed for the Toyota Land Cruiser, complete with cooking facilities and an additional convertible bed, can also fit perfectly inside the Grenadier, effectively transforming it into a fully-equipped 4×4 micro-camper.
While this camper conversion may not boast extravagant features, it aligns seamlessly with the Grenadier’s simplicity and Spartan design ethos. It offers a commendable level of versatility and mobility for those in search of a low-profile off-road rig. It’s safe to anticipate more Grenadier conversion kits from other companies in the future, including North America, catering to a range of camping preferences, from wild off-road adventures to stylish urban getaways.
Expedition Centre introduced the Mulgo Pop Top for the Ineos Grenadier at the recent Sydney 4WD and Adventure Show, pricing it at AU$ 15,750 (approximately US$10,185 at current exchange rates), excluding optional extras.
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