THE wait is over as Renault reveals the Alaskan – its first one-tonne pick-up. First shown as a concept last September, it keeps the concept’s Alaskan name and follows hot on the heels of the Duster Oroch pick-up,
The production version of the Alaskan shows it’s shared Nissan Navara NP300 underpinnings in the styling, although the new Renault pick-up gets its own more imposing and distinctive Renault family nose.
Slightly toned down from last-year’s concept, front end Alaskan highlights include the massive diamond logo, the distinctive modern set of headlights, plus a separate set of fog lamps.
Move inside this new Renault pick-up and highlights of the spacious interior include keyless entry with push start button, a five-inch 3D TFT colour display, smartphone connectivity, hands-free telephony, Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, a CD player, an AM/FM radio with four or six-speakers and steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote controls.
Finally, most useful when manouvering, there’s 360° visibility with four cameras (front bumper, door mirrors and tailgate) which allows an all-round view of the car.
Another bonus for Alaskan buyers is the Navara NP300’s cutting-edge five-link rear suspension, which gives the sister pick-up a car-like refined ride.
The new Renault pick-up should prove to be capable off-road too, as it shares the Navara’s tough, fully boxed in frame. Clever off-road technologies include an Electronic Limited Slip Differential, Rear Locking Differential, Hill Start Assist and last but not least, Hill Decent Control.
Then there’s the Alaskan’s strong chassis, with its competitive payload of over one-tonne, plus best-in-class towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.
As if all of this wasn’t enough to give the Alaskan serious consideration when compared to pick-up rivals, Renault claim best-in-class fuel economy. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions should be among the best-in-class from the 2.3-litre dCi diesel engine which will be available in 160 and 190bhp versions. Although no figures have been released, these we guess will come closer to the Alaskan’s UK launch.
Alaskan will also be available with one 2.5-litre petrol engine and 160bhp, plus two more 2.5-litre dCi diesel engines, with 160 and 190 bhp – but we expect only some of these engines to be offered to UK buyers.
These engines will be mated to either six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission, plus the choice of two- or four-wheel drive.
We will bring you more information and details of the new Renault Alaskan closer to its launch date next year on Business Vans.