Maximum payload is 1035kg and it has a 3.5-tonne towing capacity. The rear load deck is 1578mm long and 1560mm wide, with a total usable area of 2.46m2.
Like the Navara, this is a proper working vehicle. Renault hasn’t changed much and nor should it need to.
The Alaskan is a vehicle built for markets where Renault has a strong market presence in countries including Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. Renault expects the Alaskan to be a global vehicle, though, and is targeting the Middle East and Europe, where it sees the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger as its main competitors.
Giving the Alaskan a rough time
The pickup must be a formidable off-roader in order for that to happen – and, fortunately, it is. Although equipped with multilink coil suspension rather than leaf springs, the Alaskan still cuts it in arduous conditions. Over gravel tracks and poor road surfaces, the front and rear coils comfortably soak up the bumps, while in extremely muddy conditions the four-wheel-drive system, electronic limited-slip differential and locking rear differential all help keep the Alaskan moving.
Features including hill descent control and hill start assist help with its off-road abilities. And although some buyers will bemoan the increased sophistication of the suspension in a segment that often demands simplicity, it allows the Alaskan to be both a tough off-roader and a comfortable vehicle on the road.
Inside, the cabin manages to be practical yet comfortable. Heated front seats with an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat ensures it is a relaxing ride, yet the pickup maintains its working abilities with a decent amount of storage. The demand for automatic transmissions in the pickup segment continues to grow and the seven-speed gearbox in the Alaskan is responsive and well matched to the 187bhp engine.
The relatively small-capacity 2.3-litre engine may put some buyers off but it works well, albeit quite hard in the top power rating, with an even spread of high torque across the lower end of the rev range.
Can the Alaskan make pick-up market quake?
The Alaskan is Renault’s attempt at taking a slice of the lucrative global pickup market with a quick and effective solution. The Navara has established itself as one of the best-riding and best-performing pickups in the segment and the Alaskan is absolutely no different.