While it name suggests it’s going to be confined to the Northern-most regions of the planet, this is in fact a worldwide offering – and also the French automaker’s first midsize pickup truck.
Since it was revealed first in South America, it’s clear the workhorse has been designed with a few specific markets in mind – such as Brazil. And Renault wants to have a bigger saying across the utility market, putting the Alaskan on top of its offerings in the segment, which also include in Latin America the Renault Duster Oroch. Following the reveal that took place in Medellin, Colombia, the carmaker wants to put the model on more South American markets ahead of the global rollout. One thing that won’t happen is for people in Alaska to actually get the Alaskan – because Renault doesn’t have an official presence in the United States.
The pickup looks ready to work but also up to snuff in terms of leisure activities. We have Kadjar-inspired headlights and a Dsueter-derived grille with horizontal slats. There’s also a stylish skid plate that wants to showcase the off-road abilities. All in all, the styling doesn’t go far away from the 2015 Alaskan concept – with the production series model though available in multiple body styles: double cab, single and chassis cab configurations and with short- or long-bed bodies. Renault also allows ample choices in terms of powertrains. First and foremost the headline is represented by the biturbo 2.3-litre dCi diesel four-cylinder packing 160 or 190 horsepower. According to market availability, there’s also the option of a 160-hp 2.5-liter gasoline-fueled four-cylinder or a 2.5-liter diesel.
The engines can be linked to a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic, using rear-wheel drive or all wheel drive configurations. The off-road prowess is supported by the availability of an electronic rear differential, while a mechanical locking rear differential is also on the optional list. The cabin should feel right at home for the driver whether he’s doing the work or using the truck for recreational activities. The Alaskan’s standard features include heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, as well as a seven-inch navigation system that also includes a 360-degree camera projection system.