Renault has introduced its very first pick up, the Alaskan, for global markets. The Renault Alaskan pick up is based on the Alaskan concept which was unveiled in September 2015. The Alaskan is slated to go on sale in South America first and then the rest of the world.
The Renault Alaskan packs an ingenious design, coupled with a powerful yet frugal engine and off-road ability. Available in two- and four-wheel drive variants, the Alaskan’s look is enhanced by a forceful front-end styling and an athletic profile.
At the front, the first ever Renault pick up takes up a large chrome grille, along with gloss black trim, as well as a chrome riser bar between the grille and the bumper. The muscular lines of the bonnet heighten the impression of strength, pairing well with the bold logo and headlights and foglights with eye-catching C-shaped full-LED lighting signatures.
In profile, the Alaskan has a athletic appeal thanks to bold sculpted wheel arches and sleek lines. Furthermore, the truck’s athletic sculpted sides get a boost from the prominent wheel arches to accommodate 16- or 18-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels.
On board, Renault first pick up is fitted with a myriad of user friendly features and smart technology such as; keyless entry with push start button, five-inch 3D TFT color display, audio systems with connectivity, 7-inch touchscreen navigation (depending on regions) and 360° visibility with 4 cameras (depending on regions).
Cabin space is accentuated by the second-row with ample knee room of 589mm and torso angle of 23 degrees; adjustable seats with four-, six- or eight-way power or manual adjustability and lumbar support; heated front seats; air conditioning with dual-zone climate control; and plenty of storage spaces throughout the cab.
The Alaskan is a powerful, ingeniously designed vehicle that combines outstanding off-road ability and best-in-class fuel economy with the Renault 2.3-liter dCi twin-turbo diesel engine under the bonnet. There are two initial versions of the Alaskan in 160hp and 190hp variations, along with other powertrains (depending on markets); 2.5-liter petrol engine and 2.5-liter diesel engine. The powertrain packages include a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic transmission, plus two or four-wheel drive.
For optimum road handling and comfort, the Alaskan incorporates a new five-link rear suspension. Ride comfort is improved over more conventional rear leaf spring suspension due to less friction, whether the vehicle is loaded or unloaded. Alaskan’s five-link configuration also reduces noise and vibration more effectively (available for the double cab version).
Major highlights of the Renault Alaskan are a tough, fully boxed frame, ground clearance of 230 mm, towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes, chassis with smart design, C-channels and four quick-fit hooks, and heavy duty, durable bed with 12v power supply,
Lastly, a comprehensive list of assistance systems for the Renault Alaskan consists of Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD) with 4WD, Rear-locking differential, Vehicle control aids, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), and the combination of Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP).