When the new Land Rover Defender was revealed, some bemoaned that it had gone soft. The Grenadier, dreamt up by Ineos boss Sir Jim Rattcliffe, was supposed to pick up where the original, bare-bones Defender had left off when production ended in 2016. We headed to Austria to drive a development prototype of the Grenadier and were taken by its off-road ability, boxy looks and rugged charm.
To call the Hongqi e-HS9’s styling bold would be the understatement of the century. Designed by the same man who styled the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, this luxury SUV marks the beginning of the Chinese brand’s European expansion. Our tester thought it worked well as an opulent barge, but low-quality interior materials and a dull drive stopped it from getting above three-and-a-half stars.