With the Renault-Nissan Alliance, it was only a matter of time before Renault ramps up its commercial vehicle effort, particularly in the light truck segment. Having introduced the half-ton Duster Oroch in 2015, today the French automaker is pushing out yet another: the Renault Alaskan One-ton Pickup Truck – Renault’s first one-ton pickup which, before today, has existed only as a concept. Sporting the unmistakable modern Renault’s design language, the Alaskan is as gorgeous as any road car you can find today. A large chrome grill flanked by a pair of headlights with C-shaped LED daytime running lights lead the charge, followed closely by an athletic hood that hides a 2.3L 4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine, offered in 160 and 190 hp flavors.
A 160 hp 2.5L petrol engine and a 2.5L diesel variant with a choice of 160 or 190 horses will also be available in select markets. The power produced is put to good use, either to the rear or all four wheels, through a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Nissan’s fully-boxed frame, which has been proven to be reliable workhorse, forms the Alaskan underpinning while a high strength steel chassis with “smart design” enhances its off-road capabilities.
There are tons to talk about this beauty, but we prefer to pick out the gists which includes a heavy duty bed, large wheel arches to fit up to 18-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels, 3.5 tons towing capacity, power or manual adjustable seats with lumbar support, heated front seats, automatic air conditioning with dual-zone climate control, eLSD for 4WD, rear-locking differential, a host of driving aids you likely to find in today’s car, keyless entry with push start button, a 5-inch 3D TFT color display for vehicle data, a 7-inch touch display for navigation, and a boatload of storage spaces spread across the cabin. Select countries will also get Alaskan equipped with four cameras that provide 360-degree visibility.
Despite its namesake, Renault Alaskan will not be heading to North America. Instead, it will head south where Renault have been a pretty prominent long time player and that’s not to mention, the region exhibits “strong, growing pickup market.” Speaking of south, Renault Alaskan will join Duster Oroch in Colombia first, after which Renault will continue expanding in Latin America.