Essentially a production version of the well-received Alaskan concept of 2015, the new model is Renault’s first entry into the lightweight pick-up truck sector. The Alaskan will go on sale in South America later this year before being considered for other markets, including the UK.
The new Alaskan stays true to the design of the 2015 concept, with only slight changes to its exterior, including new tail-lights and larger door mirrors.
It benefits from Renault’s alliance with Nissan and shares parts with the NP300 Navara. Like the Nissan, the French pick-up is being marketed as a rugged off-roader and work utility vehicle, but Renault says it will also appeal to private users with active lifestyles.
The Alaskan has a ground clearance of 230mm and can tow trailers of up to 3.5 tonnes – a figure Renault claims is best in class. The pick-up’s rear bed is available in short and long guises, depending on the market, and features four quick-fit hooks to secure loads and a bed-mounted 12V power supply.