The model was expected to become official during its South American presentation on Thursday, but we have an advance screening courtesy of a picture that reveals the front end of the model.
The Renault workhorse was first introduced as a concept in September 2015 and now has already switched to the production lines. The production model echoes the prototype in almost every respect save for the toned down appearance. We can see the front design marries elements from all over the Renault Nissan group. We have the styling of the Renault Kadjar combined with some Nissan X-Trail cues for the headlights and the shiny chrome grille honors the Dacia Duster small SUV. The upscale looks are coming via the front silver skid plate and chrome trim around the fog lights and on the side mirror caps. Just like the upcoming Mercedes-Benz “GLT” pickup, the Renault Alaskan is a reworked Nissan Navara NP300.
As such, it will borrow numerous parts and components from the latter, including the AWD and FWD architectures. It is expected to sport a maximum payload capacity of 1,000 kg (2,200 pounds) and should use the 1.6-liter dCi turbodiesel engine in its top flavors – 135 & 165 hp. It appears that following the upcoming official reveal set in Medellin, Colombia for Thursday during a special event, the Alaskan will receive a global premiere – unlike the Duster Oroch. Renault’s take on the model is delivering a versatile vehicle, that can be used both as a workhorse and for leisure activities – with the company promising it to be comfortable even under daily driving duties.