I don’t know whether Renault ever made a pick up truck before. But probably this is its first truck ever from French manufacture. Previewed as a concept car last year, now Renault unveiled Alaskan in production form and ready to compete in mid-size truck segment.
Based-on latest Nissan NP300 Navara, Renault Alaskan comes up with the same dimension as the Japanese truck. But its styling is totally different. Alaskan has the latest firm’s latest design language with a giant diamond logo at the front side. Its C-shaped headlights features LED Daytime Running Lights (and without tears effect), gives the truck a tough look.
In the cabin, we’ll see the European style interior design. In the center cockpit there’s a 5-inch color display with connected infotainment system. Renault said that in some countries, buyer will get a 7-inch color display. The carmaker also provides a four-camera that enables see in 360-degree view around the truck.
All-wheel drive models will come with an electronic limited slip differential that individually uses the brakes to slow the faster wheel on an axle and improve traction. Renault also offers a rear-locking differential with a mechanical lock for when the off-roading gets really serious.
For the powertrain, Renault offers diesel and petrol engines. For the gasoline, automaker only has 2.5 liter producing 160 hp. Meanwhile, for diesel there are 2.5 liter with 160 hp or 190 hp, and dCi 2.3 liter turbo which has two outputs, 160 hp or 190 hp. Those engines are mated to 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed auomatic transmission. And for the drivetrain, buyer can choose two- or four-wheel-drive.
With Alaskan, Renault aims wide range of customers, including companies, professionals, and private users. Renault also announced that its towing capacity is 3.5 tonnes which is claimed as the best in its class.
2017 Renault Alaskan will be launched in Columbia later this year. And it will be followed by the rest of South America countries shortly after. The French car company also wants to sell the 1-ton truck in Africa and Europe. No, it won’t be sold in USA because rumors said that its sibling, Mercedes X-Class Truck will be launched here next year.
Text: Andhika Pradityo