Ineos has announced its new Quartermaster bakkie for South Africa, which will be available for pre-order as soon as next month.
According to TopAuto, the Ineos confirmed that pre-orders for the double cab would open on 1 August 2023, noting that pricing would be released on the same day.
The Quartermaster was developed in tandem with the Grenadier SUV, which started local deliveries in June.
According to the company, the demand for the Grenadier exceeded expectations and plans to deliver at least 50 vehicles to customers in South Africa.
It is no surprise that Ineos has decided to bring a bakkie to South Africa, given the immense popularity of the utility vehicle in the country.
Vehicle sales data for the first six months of 2023 from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) showed that bakkies were still popular.
According to Naamsa, three bakkies made the list o the best-selling cars, while the Toyota Hilux topped the list, accounting for 7% of total vehicle sales in South Africa.
What to expect
The Quartermaster has many of the same building blocks as the Grenadier and also uses the same engines as the SUV. Buyers can opt for either a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol or turbo-diesel engine sourced from BMW.
The petrol engine produces 210kW and 450Nm, while the diesel generates 183kW and 550Nm. Both engines are connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a two-speed transfer case and a permanent 4×4 system.
Depending on the specification, the bakkie is equipped with:
- Nappa or Saddle leather upholstery;
- Recaro seats;
- A multifunction steering wheel;
- A touchscreen infotainment system;
- Climate control;
- A rear-view camera and front and rear parking sensors.
The vehicle comes with a centre differential lock as a standard feature. Front and rear differential locks are optional. Braking is managed by high-performance Brembo callipers and rotors.
The Ineos Quartermaster can tow up to 3,500kg and has a maximum load capacity of 760kg.
Like the Grenadier, the new Quartermaster is offered in three distinct equipment levels – Standard, Trialmaster, and Fieldmaster.
The cabin has been designed with heavy-duty flooring that has drainage valves, using simplistic styling and hard-wearing materials.
It also has an overhead auxiliary switch panel connected to an auxiliary battery, a compass with an altimeter, interior utility rails, and the Pathfinder off-road navigation system.
All-new Ineos Quartermaster