Previewed as a concept at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Renault has unveiled the Alaskan, its first one-ton pickup truck.
Based-on the same platform as the Nissan NP300 Navara, the Alaskan likely provides a preview of the next generation Nissan Frontier and the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLT-class pickup.
Adopting Renault’s latest design language, the pronounced diamond logo and C-shaped headlights give the truck a distinctively rugged look. In the cabin, the interior design is decidedly European, with a 5-inch color display included to control the infotainment system.
Power for the Alaskan is available from several engine options. The four-cylinder 2.3L dCi I-4 twin-turbo diesel is offered in 160 hp and 190 hp variations, providing what Nissan claims to be best-in-class fuel economy, low CO2 emissions and standout acceleration. 2.5-liter diesel engines generating 160 hp and 190 hp are also offered, as is a 160 hp 2.5-liter gas engine. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.
Two and four-wheel versions of the Alaskan will be offered, with the four-wheel drive edition featuring an electronic slip differential. A mechanical rear-locking differential is also available.
Towing capacity for the Alaskan is listed at 7,716 lbs.
The 2017 Renault Alaskan will initially be launched in Columbia later this year, to be followed by other South American countries and South Africa. Despite its namesake, the Alaskan won’t be available in the U.S.